Street Interrupted

Street Interrupted at Dodge Street Court

Street Interrupted at Dodge Street Court

On my daily walk to the train station, my route includes two pedestrian only portions.

The second path follows the Salem tourist trail, a red painted line inspired by Boston’s Freedom Trail that leads me up Artists’ Row, around the Old Town Hall, and down Essex Street. Salem prides itself on its pedestrian friendly streets; many residents cite the city’s walkability as a significant factor as to why they live in Witch City.

The first pedestrian way I follow, however, is off the tourist circuit. It is a fragmented asphalt hill that connects Dodge Street to Washington Street. Impossible to traverse in the wrong footwear, it is a small short cut is taken by many. It is not a friendly pedestrian way – it is a Street Interrupted.

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The way up Dodge Street to Washington Street

Its significant use value for the many that do use it prompted a small project to inquire into how the path may better serve its users. We asked two simple questions to understand how people use the path, and how they would like to see it improved.

Prepping the Asphalt

Prepping the Asphalt

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Chalk and Prompts for Participation

Tree Trailblaze marks the Chalk & Prompts for Participation

The first comment!

The first comment!

The asphalt is a bit rough - next time we'll make bigger text! (stay tuned)

The asphalt is a bit rough – next time we’ll make bigger text! (stay tuned)

A yellow line attempts a connection - how would you connect Dodge Street?

A yellow line attempts a connection – how would you connect Dodge Street?

 

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2 thoughts on “Street Interrupted

  1. How true! THis street is disappointing – the first time I walked down here was with the stroller with Ethan and it was impossible to get through – disappointing! I’ve actually only walked through one time on my own (it’s so steep!).

    I use this path: I don’t, because it’s inhospitable
    I wish: it were a dual pedestrial passageway – flat wide stairs on one side, a (more beautiful) gently sloping ramp on the other side – and that the old “Piano” advertisement was made a focal feature.

    • I actually do walk it often, although I need to zig-zag my way safely down. I am surprised by how many people do seem to use it despite its inhospitable terrain!

      I love your idea of incorporating the old Piano sign – the business is actually still in operation – for now. The whole alley actually has a great deal of potential!

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