Tuesday, April 28, 2009

This weekend -- Friends of Salem Public Library book sale

Friends of the Salem Public Library
Spring Book Sale
Friday, May 1 & Saturday, May 2, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 3 1-4:30 p.m. $3 Bag Day!
In Anderson Rooms A&B at Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty St. SE

Thousands of used books, sorted by genre and topic
Paperbacks – 50 cents
Hardbacks – $1
Children’s – 50 cents
Audio-Visual – 25 cents
Sponsored by: Roth’s Fresh Market & Smith-Barney

Eldertown -- the city as a place for humans

As hellish as life was in the primitive factory towns (see Steven Johnson's fine study of early industrial London, The Ghost Map), cities at last have matured into the most ecologically enlightened habitat for a world that numbers billions of human beings. Urban density compacts population and saves the land, its resources, natural beauties, and human lives. Cities are where ideas are exchanged most rapidly and where medical progress is made. Subtract the cars and freeways, condense the suburbs back into urban centers — some large, some small — mix in a good measure of social justice, and we have the best design for living in a world where over 50 percent of the human race now chooses to reside in cities. Eldertown makes all this more possible.

Buy local! Streetcars made in Oregon

Could Salem have as good a transit service in the 21st Century as it did in the early 20th? Possibly --- one step would be restoring the streetcar network, using Oregon-made streetcars:

Joycelyn Chavez, Manager of Marketing & Business Development for UNITED STREETCAR LLC will be the guest speaker at the Thursday noon meeting of the Salem Downtown Lions Club. UNITED STREETCAR LLC, located in Clackamas, Oregon, is manufacturing the first modern streetcar made in the USA. In a few weeks the first vehicle will roll out of the plant and begin test runs on the Portland Streetcar system. Modern streetcar lines are being developed by many cities in the US to serve growing urban mobility needs.

The Lions lunch meeting will take place at the Blue Pepper Bistro, 241 Commercial Street NE in Downtown Salem, starting at noon.

Bob Krebs
Salem Downtown Lions Club

Below please find links to my Tacoma, Washington Streetcar videos.

Streetcars of Tacoma Video – Part One

Streetcars of Tacoma Video – Part Two

Unsolicited Plug (UP) 2: Coolest new business in Salem

Your Home Harvests. Awesome. Check it out.