|US Bank wants to remove trees on the right (south) side of State
|Trees have been an enduring part of the streetscape!
Note also the bikes! Photo, 1891: Salem Library
(This photo has been scanned well, and will enlarge to show great detail)
The bank's facades and elevations belong to a very small number of Salem buildings whose aesthetic and historical interest may trump the natural order. Note how dark is the sidewalk in the top photo. We should be able to see more of Ladd & Bush! (Apparently the trees' root systems are also interfering with sewer lines.)
I like the west facing wall, with the new, smaller trees, so much more than the north facing wall, with the existing trees. Whether you also find them oversized is of course a matter of personal opinion, and we should not want to remove street trees lightly. But I hope that a compromise can be reached that will open the canopy to let more of the building be visible while also retaining the virtues and charm of the street trees.
Help Make Sure we have a Good Purpose & Need for Rail
|A Train Spotter Wedding?
Happily, ODOT is working on a project we actually need: Improved passenger rail! You shouldn't need a car to go to Portland or Eugene.
For the next phase of the project, there's an open house on Thursday, the 17th:
Jan 17, 2013 - 5:00 pm to 7:00 pmThe open house materials haven't been posted yet - but look here this next week.
Chemeketa Center for Business and Industry, 626 High Street NE, Salem, OR, 97301
In the meantime, here's some good ODOT propaganda!
Oregon Passenger Rail Overview.
Interestingly, there's little talk of Salem in the video - so Salemites need to weigh in to make sure the project attends to our needs!
|Wait...Is Salem a Part of this? (Details from video)
|We need a good Purpose & Need!
Landmark Legislation at the Library
And there's a small traveling show at the library on Oregon's Landmark Legislation. Transportation figures significantly in it!
|1919: The Gas Tax (And remember, "mud" means manure!)
|1971: The Bike Bill