|Capital City Laundry: Oregon State Library|
Note the Oregon Electric lines and tracks on Broadway!
The plaza at Broadway Commons is a candidate for the best urban space in Salem, Salem Cinema is a block down the street, and the Grant Neighborhood is a great place to be right now. The corner of Gaines and Broadway has fabulous potential.
|Interior of Capital City Laundry Today|
But moving the market activates the space only one day a week. Some of the other possibilities for the space might have used it five or even seven days a week.
This stretch of Broadway just has tons of potential, and it would be great to energize the corner with a greater presence that just on Saturdays.
|The Oak and Parking Lot behind Laundry|
Improved bike parking would be consistent with the recommendations of the North Broadway Parking Study - though it is on pause, even on hiatus, while the Parking Task Force finishes up its recommendations and wrangles with the Parking Petition.
Street Closures for Hoopla...What about Sunday Streets?
Speaking of bike parking, the Bite and Brew this year didn't seem to have any - not at the Court Street entry, anyway - and folks were awfully inflexible about letting people enter the park to get to the Union Street Railroad Bridge. The Bite and Brew effectively privatized the bridge all weekend. Yuck.
With the Art Fair also "pay to play" the trend of fencing off large parts or event the whole of public parks is troubling.
|But what about closing State Street for "just" walking and biking?|
You might remember a few years back the downtown group wanted to open a "welcome center" in the Liberty Parkade. Like with so many things in Salem, rather than making something great outright, we try to dress up dross, try to salvage something fundamentally flawed.
|Project Space on the Parkway OR-22|
|Barricades, construction, and traffic: A "Walkable" Parkway OR-22?|
The City needs to address some very basic structural facts: On a busy State Highway, it's lousy for walking! No amount of lipstick is going to alter this.
Nevertheless, one project examined the urban condition!
Julie Jeanseau has been walking downtown and collecting garbage on the street and sidewalk. The detritus from each block is kept together and added to a gridded assemblage. It will be interesting to see if any patterns emerge.
|Julie Jeanseau: Mapping street debris,|
block by block
Update, Thursday, August 1st
|Ha! Closure and Pay to Play a "mistake"|
Here's a pay-to-play and street closure at First Wednesday in August:
You can hear Amerititle Idol concert, but you can't see it without a ticket. #sjnow #fundraiser #SalemOR pic.twitter.com/RMTnaEgYkK
— Michelle Maxwell (@MichelleAtSJ) August 8, 2013