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How long have you lived in Grant and why did you move here?
I moved to Grant when I bought my house in early 2018, so I’ve been here for about 5 years. I moved to this neighborhood above all for the walkability to downtown, a theater, and services like eye doctors and stylists.
What does a typical Tuesday look like to you?
No such thing. Generally on Tuesdays I try to hit my gym Catalyst Community Fitness (catalystfitcommunity.com), sometimes by car, sometimes by bike. Then after a shower and breakfast, it’s time for my work as a soil scientist. Two Tuesdays a month I have an all-day meeting with one of my two teams. But the Tuesday before I wrote this, I was out in the burn scar of the 2020 Beachie Creek fire monitoring timber salvage logging activities for impacts to the soil. Next Tuesday I’ll be sitting in on a Diversity Equity and Inclusion meeting and working on some environmental analysis maps, followed by attending the City’s Parking Reform open house at the library. I like to unwind in the evening by practicing yoga, listening to music and doodling, reading, going for a walk or bike ride, gardening, or watching The Simpsons.
What hidden gem do you want to keep secret about the Grant neighborhood but you also can't help telling others about?
The amazing date night potential of a stroll down Broadway Street: see a movie at Salem Cinema, have dinner and catch some jazz at Christo’s, then top it off with a delicious pint at Barrel & Keg. Living in such a walkable neighborhood has always been a dream of mine.
What have you learned from volunteering on the GNA board?
Mainly I’ve appreciated the longer view perspective from some longer-term Salemites that I’ve met. This city has gone through and is continuing to go through a LOT of growth and it’s important to know where we’ve been to be able to help adapt to 2023 and beyond. I’ve learned a lot about the city government structure, land use, and how local change happens.
If you could transform Grant tomorrow, what would it look like?
Dark and quiet. In a non-creepy, peaceful way. I have a vision that someday our City’s light pollution could be managed to only what is absolutely necessary after sunset. I sit in on International Dark Skies Oregon chapter (www.darkskyoregon.org) meetings to learn how I can help encourage better outdoor lighting stewardship. Similarly, I help to organize Quiet Clean Salem, a burgeoning group focused on phasing out gas-powered leaf blowers, which is modeled after and mentored by Quiet Clean Portland (www.quietcleanpdx.org). Both light and noise pollution are shown to affect the human nervous system detrimentally, and disproportionately affect poorer communities. I consider these both some of our lowest lying fruit for environmental justice work. I’d also LOVE to wake up to protected and connected bike lanes throughout the City as conceived in Salem Bike Vision (www.salembikevision.org). While I’m at it, there’s an gourmet ice cream shop on Broadway and dogs would take humans on walks instead of the other way around.