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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Another fantasy pinup for the lost age of automobility

Well, someone sent me a map showing the latest wrinkle in the dreamscape -- instead of widening the existing bridges if they needed more capacity (or, heavens to betsy, tolling them to reduce the need for more capacity and to raise money for maintenance, which will be desperately needed soon), the exhalations from the latest hit on the crackpipe of imagined federal funding produced a weird new idea -- build a new span between Marion St. and the RR bridge, with a weird impact on traffic at both ends. I'd give you a link, but the folks in ODOT Region 2 appear to have quit updating the website for this fiasco, so you'll be the last to know what's planned.

The meeting planned for July 23 (Anderson Room, Salem Public Library, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.) isn't listed either. Apparently the deep concern with public participation and involvement is only a millimeter thick when it looks like people might not be hitting on the crackpipe and won't buy into the dream.

Apparently the prime directive is SPEND MONEY NO MATTER WHAT because, after all, there's just so much of it lying around these days ...