Bottom line: Because we need to eat a lot more than we need more auto infrastructure.
Council member Brad Nanke alluded to the hordes of people that are going to want to live in the Northwest because of the oncoming water shortages throughout much of the US. Someone should remind Brad that people don't just need water, but also food, and that food comes from ag land -- and the Willamette Valley has some of the best in the world.
If Salem has money to invest -- and it's not clear we have much -- then the last place to put it is into more facilities that are intended to serve and promote single-occupant car travel. The best thing Salem can do with its money is invest in local resiliency, which starts with locally grown and raised food and fiber. Kudos to Nanke for mentioning a basic, critical resource like water during a discussion of carburban infrastructure -- but food is just as important.
And, like the stickers say, NO FARMS, NO FOOD.
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Why Save Farmland?
1 We have been losing more than 1 precious acre every minute.
2 Along with water and air, our fertile farmland is critical to sustaining life.
3 Farming employs nearly 16 million people, more than 9% of the labor force.
4 Well managed farmland provides clean water, air and wildlife habitat.