|Fresh concrete for bike repair station at Riverfront Park|
On Your Feet Friday's Urban Gap
The 1889 Bush-Breyman Block, where Gallagher Fitness and Fox Blue is today, used to be more than twice as long.
|Commercial Street, 1965|
University of Oregon, Building Oregon Collection
Today, only the six on the south side remain.
|Same view today, via the Google|
Half the building's gone!
|On your Feet Friday, in the Parking Lot, from the alley|
Pioneer Trust owns the lot, as they do several of the adjoining buildings, and you just wonder for how much longer it will remain a gap in the urban fabric. How is it that our local incentives are aligned in such a way that for a half-century, it is more profitable to maintain a parking lot than to capture the economic value in a building's activity and leases? And what will it take to persuade some of these long-time Salem property owners (and there are several, many whose families accumulated the property two, three, even more, generations ago) to invest in "peripheral" activities that will actually drive up the value of these surface parking lots so that they can be redeveloped? (But that's another post...)
Sign of a Crash at Winter and Mission?
|Concrete chunks displaced at Mission and Winter|
Cars get awfully zoomy on Mission Street, and this intersection needs improvements for people who walk and bike to the park, the hospital, and the university.
It is one of the matters involved in the contest right now between the neighborhood association on one side and the Hospital and the City on the other. It leads to the perennial question: Do we have to wait until someone is killed or maimed?