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Safer and stronger, in a diverse community

All of us are part of a neighborhood, a city, a culture… a community. The fact that you choose to read this, probably means you want that community to be strong and healthy. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has launched a new campaign website ‘Safe + Strong‘ that provides community resources on how to deal […]

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2020 Stormwater Master Plan Virtual Open House – July 20-August 7

The City of Salem is updating its Stormwater Master Plan to guide how the Salem community should address the many challenges associated with urban stormwater runoff. The draft plan: Contains goals, objectives, and policies to guide decisions regarding stormwater programs and projects Provides direction on how to invest to best meet current and future demands on […]

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Summer activities risk

This writing was supposed to be about Salem’s iconic Saturday Market and how to walk there from our neighborhood, while seeing interesting things on the way. Sadly enough, reality has caught up to us, with rising numbers of COVID-19 infections. Promoting such a public gathering did no longer seem appropriate. Does this mean, we should […]

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Shape the Future of Geer Park

The City of Salem is preparing to further develop Geer Park, a 44-acre community park located at 241 Geer Drive NE and State St., on the edge of SESNA. As a first step, neighbours can provide input on potential new uses and their location within the park.

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Do we forget again, or stand together?

There is no way around it; Oregon has a terrible history when it comes to racism. Up till 1928, Native American children were stolen from their families and put into christian-run boarding schools, to be forcibly indoctrinated into ‘civilized’ culture. At the onset of USA involvement in World War II in 1942, American-born US citizens […]

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Hate crimes, even today

A neighbor recently reported seeing individuals with white supremacist/neo-Nazi tattoos and related symbols right here in Salem, in the vicinity of 12th Street and Hines. Hate groups have been expanding nationally and in Oregon in recent years. What can we do about this growing problem? The extent of the problem Despite Oregon’s reputation as a […]

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SESNA Position on “Our Salem” Stakeholder Advisory Committee

At the September 25, 2018 SESNA Board meeting, SESNA approved a statement of concern and formal recommendation to Mayor and Council regarding the stakeholder advisory committee for the “Our Salem” comprehensive plan update process. The text of the letter can be found  below. A pdf of the document is available for download here. The current […]

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SESNA Followup on State Street Corridor

SESNA is pleased with the first steps the Salem City Council took in approving parts of the State Street Corridor Plan. The Council approved the ‘Hybrid’ road section, which institutes a road diet for the stretch of State Street between 12th St and 17th St. Council also approved the MU-1 and MU-2 zones, with some […]

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An award for Dave MacMillan

SESNA resident Dave MacMillan received the City of Salem ‘At Your Service’ Volunteer Award for 2017. Dave volunteered for the Salem Heritage Neighborhood Subcommittee, focusing on documenting historic buildings in SESNA. He also developed a calendar featuring photos of homes around the neighborhood, sold as a fundraiser. Dave’s work will contribute to coming walking tours […]

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Welcoming yard signs available

Our neighbors come in all races and speak many languages. After all, SESNA is one of Salem’s more diverse neighborhoods.