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It matters how cities are built

* Stroad Strong Towns’ definition: “a street/road hybrid … besides being a very dangerous environment (yes, it is ridiculously dangerous to mix high speed highway geometric design with pedestrians, bikers and turning traffic), they are enormously expensive to build and, ultimately, financially unproductive.” Lead pipes to carry city water? Graceful public transit or weekday-only buses? An engaging downtown to attract businesses and customers? Open spaces for healthy living? Car-centric or bike friendly? Decisions on matters like these are made every day in American cities, and they impact generations to come, reaching hundreds of years into the future. Once made,...

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Film urges people take lead role to save planet earth

It’s a scene straight out of a good disaster movie –  mass flooding, permanent drought, forests hacked down, and landscapes bursting and burning. But when it comes to global warming and climate change such a scene is not such a script of make believe. Film star and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio delivers this point in the powerful documentary, “Before the Flood,” the subject of this month’s Salem Progressive Film Series. While no means the first movie on climate change, “Before the Flood” boils down the science in simple terms and attempts to empower people to demand their leaders exert...

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The man whose money talks in Salem

Larry Tokarski began his real estate career in Salem in 1973. Since then he has founded and managed Mountain West Investment Corporation through which he has influenced the development and building of over a billion dollars of real estate. This includes over 1,000,000 square feet of commercial and residential facilities and more than 30 subdivisions. Tokarski has also been involved in the development and building of 47 retirement communities in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Colorado, and Nevada. Not a Salem resident (Tokarski lives in Wilsonville) the developer has invested a minimum of three-quarters of a million dollars in local political...

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HISTORIC SALEM HOME FACES DEMOLITION

A historic queen anne home on a small street north of downtown faces an uncertain future. After housing a series of families since ​about the 1880s, the home at 1950 Water St. NE was purchased by the Salvation Army in 2007. The Army now wants to demolish or move the structure​,​ so ​it can use the land ​it​ sits on to expand ​the agency’s services for homeless populations, already situated on adjacent lots. The historic nature of the home may impede these plans. “We built a beautiful facility at the Kroc Center, and we hope to build a beautiful...

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PLANT-BASED COOKING IN SALEM

Interest in diet and the consumption of healthful and delicious food is widespread, but, truthfully, many folks find it difficult to translate interest into action.  A lifetime of unhealthy eating and cooking habits can be very hard to break.  As a solution to this problem, two Salem women are collaborating to offer a series of innovative cooking classes emphasizing easily prepared, plant-based, local, and seasonal dishes.  The first class, Plant Food Basics, occurred April 5. Amy Church, owner of Willamette Valley Kitchen Company and Leslie K. Curry, certified life coach and wellness educator, met each other through the Salem Chamber of Commerce’s Business Women’s group, and discovered a common interest in cooking delicious food and in helping people to make more healthful dietary choices. Church became the owner of Willamette Valley Kitchen Company (the former Carl’s Cuisine), when she purchased the business in September of 2015.  She carries on the practice of offering gourmet kitchen equipment, fine cutlery, hard-to-find gadgets, and inventive and original cooking classes.  Curry taught her first cooking class in Salem, 46 years ago, when she began her career teaching macrobiotic cooking at the Salem Cultural Center.  Her career has encompassed nutrition education, owning and running two restaurants, and working for Whole Foods, as well as a private practice in life-coaching and wellness, which make her uniquely qualified to help people make painless and positive changes...

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