|Three or maybe four distinct sidewalk zones|
There is probably a conventional anatomy of a sidewalk out there somewhere (oh yeah, here's NACTO's), but when I think of the sidewalks, I think of three or four distinct zones:
- The car zone, at and just past the curb. There is auto parking and car traffic here.
- The furniture zone: Signs, garbage cans, trees, public art, light fixtures, bike racks.
- The walking through-zone: The pathway for people on foot and mostly kept clear.
- The windows, vestibules, doors and passageways of the storefronts themselves.
|If you can stage photos like this on Liberty at State,|
that's evidence we have excess road capacity!
(via Downtown Salem fansite)
On the other side, changes to the storefronts will involve building owners, their consent, and their funding, so big changes there seem unlikely.
So what is left? A discussion of the furniture zone and the walking through-zone.
|Curvy hedgey things atop brick planters -|
Does this really improve anything? (More here)
We've already seen how benches and bike racks became a casualty of more pubic art.
|Substituting one thing for another in the furniture zone|
|The brewery at the Conference Center Sculpture Garden site|
(Sick's Brewery via Salem Library Historic Photo)
Do you have ideas about how to make Downtown Salem's sidewalks more inviting, exciting, or fun? We want to hear from you! Salem residents are invited to attend the Salem Streetscape Plan Kickoff Open House on Thurs., Nov. 30, 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Senator Hearing Room/Courthouse Square, 555 Court St. NE. Those who cannot attend the open house are invited to participate virtually Nov. 30 – Dec. 22 at our online open house. The link will be live on Nov. 30.Update: And here is the survey-slash-online open house.