Because of the traffic changes here, this stretch of State Street is of particular interest!
And as it happens the trees on the right of the picture (in shadow) will be a topic of discussion at the next CAN-DO meeting on Tuesday: October 16, 2012, 6:00 p.m., First Christian Church, 685 Marion St NE.
US Bank wants to take them out, perhaps as they were taken out on the Commercial Street side of the building, and the City forester will be at the meeting to talk about this. The Salem Downtown Partnership is apparently opposed and would like them to remain.
(Parenthetically, because the cast iron facade of Ladd & Bush is so very special and interesting, this would be one of very few buildings that deserves special visibility from the street - so hopefully a compromise can be reached that keeps both lovely trees and attains a somewhat smaller canopy on the street.)
So if downtown street trees are a particular interest, you might consider attending the meeting.
You might remember the City's plan for the crossing at 12th and Mill.
The project has been on-and-off for a few years, and suddenly it looks like it's on!
It is likely that savings on the road bond have furnished the funds to complete the project.
(On Monday perhaps the City will be able to give more details.)
At any rate, if you haven't been through the intersection lately, the construction is clear!
The improvements will be helpful, but I still think that this is a sub-optimal design in important ways.
(Components of work by the tracks would be completed by the RR and not by the City, so these will be staged separately)
In important ways the design solution is half-baked, and may be more theoretical than practical.
Very interesting is the Statesman's story today about the prospects of foreclosure at Keizer Station.
|Detail from SJ Interactive Map of Keizer Station|
Eaton Hall was quietly moving. The paper butterflies of Faulkner's writing were escaping from the book, flying out into the world as if to generate new instances of beauty and meaning - and also to die, dissolving into pulp like the leaves in the streets. It was very autumnal.