|New downtown historic signage - on streetcars!|
(Strangely, it omits mention of the Guardian Building,
located until 1947 on this corner.)
|Streetcar system, early 1900s|
One of the routes went out south on Commercial and then Liberty. It was, as the map points out, to serve the Rural and Catholic Cemeteries - which we now call the Pioneer Cemetery and St. Barbara's Cemetery.
(Though it is tiresome now to keep pointing out, it is the automobiles, not people on foot, that are the cemetery interlopers, historically anachronistic, and non-contributing!)
Nearby the Pioneer Cemetery is some neo-traditional infill.
|Eric Olsen Development on Rural Street South|
(see below for "before" comparison!)
(I am especially beguiled, I must admit, with the square cross-gable cottage in blue. With the Portland Building so much in the news right now, the oversized gestures of the roofline and the modern siding on the small cottage make its otherwise traditional cues also a species of post-modern whimsy!)
As they note over at Hinessight, Olsen has purchased one of the Fairview parcels and is working on a neo-traditional development over there, to be called Fairview Addition.
|A clumsy overlay of Fairview Addition and the larger|
topographic view map of the whole Fairview parcel.
Pringle Creek Community at upper center;
Sustainable Fairview at middle right;
Simpson Hills development lower corner along Reed.
Interestingly, at an early stage in the development on Rural - the ugly land-clearing one - there seemed to be a good bit of anxiety and criticism:
|"What I do not like about Salem" - Rural Street South development|
Land Use Network
(see above for an "after" view)
So is the finished project terrible? Certainly not from this angle!
With several of the same principals, Salem Community Vision looks to be in many ways a successor organization to the Land Use Network, author of the criticism, and it might be interesting to step back a moment. So often we are all caught up in the urgency of the NOW, and have difficulty zooming out for the medium- or long-view.
|Mirror Pond with two humans and many waterfowl|
on Monday's sunny afternoon
Alarm about "draining Mirror Pond" and cutting down trees for a new Council Chambers looks at least a little similar to alarm about tree-cutting at "a planned unit development which will have 13 homes on 1.5 acres. Of the 126 trees on this property, one was kept. Neighbors call this the lone tree project."
Even if the Rural Street development isn't perfect, it's still a very gentle and attractive version of infill for a residential neighborhood, right? Change can be good!
It would be very interesting for the Land Use Network to revisit old worries. How'd things turn out? It can't be that everything was awful, can it?
(Previous notes on Olsen developments see here and here.)