|Liberty Plaza is in the old Lipman's Department Store|
Salem Library Historic Photos, image circa 1956
|You have to go up to the second floor|
Significantly, unlike last year, when the space was street level on highway 22, these are second floor spaces, and you don't just walk by them and go "oh yeah, I wanted to see this." You have to hunt for them. Fortunately there are sidewalk tent signs, but you still have to hunt.
Unfortunately, even with the signs, because the location wasn't street level, it kept slipping the mind, and there were at least two shows of bike art that have come and gone. Did you happen to check them out?
|Bike Art at the June 20 reception - Salem Art Association|
|More, at the July 2 reception - SAA|
But did you know there's also a bridge connection to the Chemeketa Parkade? (If you walk and bike most places, why would you.)
|Skybridge between Liberty Plaza and Chemeketa Parkade|
(But does it make you feel protected from the elements
or do you feel imprisoned by the gridded windows?)
The inability of this building to be leased out and full of prosperous merchants is, I think, evidence that sidewalk life and foot-traffic matters and that the immediate proximity to free parking is overrated.
|Summer's almost over!|