|Wayfinding blades and crosswalk bulb-outs|
|Magrittian Welcome and Information Sign|
|1911 Ad for Kingwood Park development|
There was an unexpected bonus, tucked in between the highway and Edgewater: More Electro-Matic boxes! There were at least three, and maybe a fourth (we lost count!).
|Electro-Matic Box at Kingwood Avenue by old City Hall|
|Another Electro-Matic box by the highway|
|Eola Drive before - via the google|
|Eola Drive after - complete sidewalks and bike lanes|
But will the wider road encourage speeding? In almost every case, when you create that "forgiveness" for drivers, speeds tick up. So it will be interesting to see if residents start asking for traffic calming.
Especially if you live in West Salem, do you have an opinion about the Eola project?
One casualty of it seemed to be this house at Eola and Kingwood Drive
|Now there's an asphalt slab and communications boxes here|
At the foot of Eola, there's a cluster of new businesses on Edgewater: In the old Key Bank building, Nancy's Burgers went in, apparently replacing a Quiznos; the Urban Grange coffee house and West Side Taphouse and Growler Fill went on on the riverside strip mall.
The growler fill is a fascinating trend. Will it be like cupcakes or something more enduring? It is telling, though, that such a large proportion of the expansion of craft beer in Salem right now is not following the Venti's model of neighborhood dining and pub, but is essentially drive-thru beer. Even though the growler fill businesses have seating, they are located in strip malls, they have minimal decor, and they are fundamentally structured for "to go" business. They are not part of the formation of walkable neighborhoods so much as confirmation of Salem's auto-centrism. At the same time, they are co-locating with food purveyors and allow people to bring in food, and so they offer a smaller, more flexible unit of entrepreneurship. Will these fill stations develop into something more interesting, or will they be a dead-end?
As for the coffee house, it is impossible not to point out that any semantic combination of Grange + Strip Mall = something profoundly untrue to history. That's a real malapropism! ("Put a bird on it" marketing, I suppose?)
|Mel's Stoves closed recently; a year ago in this image it was still open|