Saturday, April 2, 2016

Fairview Addition has a House: It's a Foursquare!

The redevelopment at the former Fairview site is on the short-list for the most important project in Salem. And while the development in Pringle Creek Community is in some ways "greener" and more deeply committed to sustainability than what was proposed for Fairview Addition, in one important way the development at Fairview Addition is more interesting.*

Fairview Addition is less autoist and is more walkable.

The first house at Fairview Addition is going up, and you can already tell a lot about the direction for basic mobility and for the pleasures of walking in the built environment.

From Pringle Creek Road at the intersection with the new Strong Road, there's an old oak that looks like they're trying to preserve it as a great way to mark the corner. (Hopefully the soil scraping for the sidewalk did not go too close to the root system!)

And you can see the house in the distance.

Foursquare Style - The Houses of Grant Neighborhood
It is a revival of a recognizable type, a "foursquare." According to the survey of housing types in the Grant Neighborhood that was completed recently, it was a customary form in Salem from about 1890 to 1915, when the Bungalow/Craftsman influence started to prevail.

This example is quite large. It is broader than typical examples from Grant, and has a third story with the dormers. (The Paulus House on Church Street has a similar mass and form, however, so it's not out of scale.)

And look at the front porch and its shorter set-back from the sidewalk and street. That's a sociable front door!

Big Foursquare with wide multi-use path along New Strong Road
One of the design elements here and on other parts of the Fairview project is an extra-wide sidewalk, a multi-use path, on the principal roads. Below, from a year ago, you can see the MUP treatment on Lindburg Road and on New Strong Road at their intersection with Reed Road.

At Reed Road, Lindberg (top) and
New Strong Road (bottom) both have an MUP
The treatment across different developments is not consistent. Sometimes the wider MUP is paired with a regular width sidewalk on the other side of the street, but sometimes it is not.

The MUP works well when there is little walking and biking activity, but it will be something to watch as the projects are built out, and user densities increase.

In any case, at Fairview Addition there is already a set of sidewalks also in place, and so there will be multiple choices for walking.

A semi-detached garage is in back with bonus space on top
But there's more. The garage is in back, off of an alley. Maybe the most important feature of Fairview Addition is the reversion to early 20th century patterns of alley access. Porches and the prospects of walking address the front, and car access and storage take place in back. That's an important inversion on the values from our mid- and late-20th century autoism.

Above the garage is also some "bonus" space. I was hoping it might be a granny flat, but the plan - the "Emery" I believe - identifies it only as "bonus." (In total, not including the bonus, it has 4 bedrooms and 3 or 4 baths for 3500 square feet. It's a big house, and the side elevation shows how the garage does alter and reduce its total harmony.)

Back on Pringle Creek Road, the autoism returns with a vengeance.

Leslie Middle School is right here! - but we still post 40mph
and require a wide road with a center turn pocket
(The foursquare is immediately to the left of the bus)
Holy crap. Immediately adjacent to Leslie Middle School, the road is three lanes wide and posted for 40mph.
The design and posting also probably means that the 85th percentile speed is somewhat higher than 40mph, so at least 15% of drivers are likely going faster than 40mph.

When a driver going 40mph or more strikes a person on foot or on bike, that person is almost certain to die.

If we want safer roads and streets, we will have to be willing to tame our roads like this.


The sun was a good reason to check in on the Minto Bridge this week.

Thursday, March 31st - about noon; the river at about 10.5 feet

Inset, the river at about 19 feet on December 17th
Main photo, the river at about 25 feet on the 19th
Never take the sunshine for granted!

With trees beginning to leaf out with the young, green glow, make sure you get out to enjoy the sun this weekend.

* There's a sense in which the two developments might be competing, but on the whole it's a good thing because it gives buyers more choice and it shows the viability of the whole redevelopment concept. The total effect should be additive, not zero-sum.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The house is on the Tour of Homes. But it's not cheap! It's listed for $599,900.

Curiously, the Tour of Homes rendering shows a huge front yard and setback, as well as a side yard with trees, both much bigger than the actual front and side yards and setbacks.