The link on the City site is busted, however, but it was not difficult to figure out the right directory structure from the other documents that had correct urls. (Update - the link is fixed on the project website now.)
|A busted url: It's in the cityofsalem.net/citydocuments folder|
Here are two top-level clips.
It's really interesting how broad is the consensus on Court & Liberty as the "heart" of downtown. The Reed Opera House has something to do with that, as the earliest "big" institution downtown around which other things clustered.
|The red: Broad consensus on Court & Liberty = Heart|
Additionally, two transportation themes:
- Access to Riverfront Park is difficult. Front Street is seen as a barrier...
- Prioritize pedestrian space over traffic lanes...reducing traffic lanes or traffic calming...
That doesn't mean we should stop mentioning this at every opportunity! Repetition is key to good messaging! The City and downtown merchants should keep hearing this.
The whole summary if 25pp and lists most of the individual comments, so of you are interested in more detail, check it out.
(There's also a video compiled from the Open House, but it's not very informative.)
The next Open House is on February 13th, it looks like. Maybe they'll have some draft concepts to start floating then!
Addendum and Second Thoughts
The whole "why is Court & Liberty considered the 'heart'?" is maybe more interesting.
|The four blocks centered on Court & Liberty|
from the 1895 Sanborn Fire map
So at this time, Court & Liberty would not be considered the "heart" of downtown. State & Commercial, the site of Ladd & Bush Bank, probably was.
Maybe the sense that Court & Liberty is the heart is more informed by the way Court Street and Liberty are both in-bound main roads in our current autoist configuration, and so that's the big crossroads. Additionally, maybe Starbucks as a gathering place on the corner is important, and the status as "heart" has less to do with the Reed.
Maybe more in an "ethnographic" inquiry for why we consider this the "heart" will come out. It's an interesting question in our sidewalk culture!
Addendum 2 - Court & Liberty is also the most intact set of four full corners of "main street" style storefronts. Other intersections are enervated or even desolated by adjacent parking garages, malls, empty lots, surface parking lots, or other mid-century or later development that strayed from the "main street" template.