|Ice Cream Bike!|
Lots of bikes at the waterfront this weekend.
Underneath the Union Street Railroad Bridge there many bikes scattered on the gravel beach. Some had clearly been brought by car on the bike rack, others had been obviously ridden there, and a number of others didn't speak clearly to the question.
|Bikes and People under Union St Railroad Bridge|
Don't let the nay-sayers suggest the Minto Bridge won't also be loved and used!
Beer's pretty summery, too, and Salem Ale Works opened up this weekend. It is interesting that code apparently doesn't require bike parking when you open a brewery or a tasting room attached to a brewery.
|McGilchrist at the SSA Office:|
40mph - and oh, by the way, watch out for pedestrians!
|Santiam Brewing: 19th and McGilchrist|
No bike rack...but one biking customer
|Salem Ale Works off 25th and Electric|
Also, no bike racks
|Updated! Apparently the yellow bollards under #7 are intended as racks|
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Trees and History - Fall is Coming
The farmers have been talking about harvest running a couple of weeks early this year, and doesn't it seem like the trees are starting to turn early as well? Where's the first tree you saw turn?
|Early turning leaves, August 6th at Fairgrounds|
|More turning leaves, State Street, August 18th|
The Ladd & Tilton Bank Building was celebrated as Portland’s finest commercial building, when bank President William S. Ladd built it in 1868. Architect John Nestor, who had come from the east in 1864, patterned it after Venice’s 16th century Library Vecchia, painting the elaborate two-story cast iron façade to imitate white marble....This is a special, special building, even rebuilt as it was, and it shouldn't be hiding behind trees! At the same time, with all the trees removed the street is unbalanced and the building's aspect all too denuded. Critics are right, it looks a little barren at the moment; it's still not in harmony.
In 1954, the once-lauded Ladd & Tilton Bank building was demolished. The cast iron façade was salvaged by Portland preservationist Eric Ladd. Elements of the building were later incorporated into Salem’s rebuilt Ladd & Bush Bank. It remains the largest cast iron building on the West Coast. [italics added]
The decision process seems to have been especially flawed, and it will be interesting to learn what folks who are investigating learn.
Meanwhile, at the State Hospital, apparently the Cremains Memorial also required the removal of a tree.
|Before: Building 60 with wall to be modified in shadow|
|Building 60 with new paint, new viewing aperture - and stump|
Vancouver Sunday Streets Smashing Success
Often Salem shares more with Vancouver than with Portland, so it was great to see Vancouver's version of Sunday Parkways a success:
The Columbian has the report:
Thousands turned out for Sunday Streets Alive in Vancouver, where there was fun and positive messages at seven stations on a 4.2-mile route.
It was a first effort at a five-hour giant street fair with the emphasis on getting out, exercising and learning more about your neighbors and community....
Jennifer Campos, a senior planner for the city of Vancouver, she heard lots of good about the event with its nearly 70 vendors at the seven locales....
"It was just amazing to see how many people were out in the streets. "I think the best part was seeing all of the families and all the different modes they were using to get around. Bikes, skateboards, longboards, roller blades, strollers."