|Proposed sign over the High Street entry|
The staff reports are out, they recommend approval, and truly it looks like there's nothing further to say further about these terrific developments downtown. (Grand here, Starkey-McCully here.)
So that's great to see.
Between renovations at the Salem Arts Building, the McGilchrist & Roth buildings, the Grey building with Amadeus, and now these two - we should pause a moment to appreciate the clustering and passion at this moment in time. There's some fabulous restoration and renovation work going on in downtown right now. Hopefully that can continue, and other buildings and storefronts in turn get the TLC they deserve. Our stock of downtown buildings is a wonderful resource and with adjustments to streets and sidewalks, our downtown can become the vibrant and more prosperous center we all want it to be.
|Looking south on Commercial at Court, May 1913|
Jaywalking hadn't been invented yet!
Benjamin I. Maxwell Awards: for outstanding contributions to the preservation, restoration and maintenance of Salem historic resources.
- Doug Doty & Gayle Caldarazzo-Doty; Roth McGilchrist Rehabilitation
- Scott & Heidi Grew; Elizabeth Watt House Preservation
- Ross Sutherland, Bush House Museum Curator, Salem Heritage All-Star Chair, Lord & Schryver Gardens
|David Fox: Champion for bikes|
and for old buildings
- David Fox, Fox Blue Printing
Finally, before we let ourselves be too self-congratulatory, we should remember Howard Hall, a huge, huge failure for the City of Salem and its corporate "commitment" to Historic Preservation.
|Salem: Heritage All Star|
The reality of politics requires that we often hold outright contradictions in mind at the same time, tolerant of the ambiguity and cognitive dissonance. But this is an especially egregious failure in an "historic all-star community."
The Commission meets tonight, Thursday the 21st, at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, Salem Civic Center (City Hall), 555 Liberty St. SE.