Reality and Imagination at Palmer Street Lot

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A great deal of imagination is still needed for the Palmer Street lot as it remains in a legal tangle. Last fall, we gathered over 90 suggestions of what residents hope the Palmer Lot will become in the future. It is still uncertain since its owner is still nowhere to be found, but retains the right to his property since it is current on all taxes, thanks to the mortgage company. Now, it stands, still colorful, with “community” as its tagline, but a bit of a relic before its time. As noted above: imagination is sorely needed! (and perhaps some legal knowledge wouldn’t hurt!)

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A Lot of Suggestions

ReImagine The Panels for spspThe results are in, and the top suggestions are:

Community Garden 11 votes
Community Center 10 votes
Community Movie Theatre 8 votes
Music Center for Children 4 votes
Fun 4 votes
Skate Park 4 votes
Teen / Youth Center 4 votes

Most of the suggestions were unique, but generally related, so we tried out some categories to see if some of the desires can be combined, or could complement each other. There is space for imagination even on such a small lot!

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Practically all of the suggestion spaces were filled with the practical, whimsical, provocative, and everything in between. What is your favorite suggestion of what this small lot in the heart of the densely populated Point neighborhood could be? What is missing? View suggestions more closely in the photos below and here with:  A Lot of Suggestions diagrammed.

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ReImagine A Lot! Week 7

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This was the first day that all work was completed at the lot. Almost all of the suggestion lines have been filled over the past few weeks. And so, the kids played and painted the mural with images based on the community suggestions of what the lot could be. Pamela Joye joined us and photographed the afternoon’s events. The photos here are from the following Saturday morning and show the finished space ready for the final community BBQ. 

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Choose a colored trunk to sit and choose your favorite suggestion of what this lot could be.I Imagine info poster_Week 07_Page_3I Imagine info poster_Week 07_Page_2

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While the Salem Public Space Project brought the white plastic chairs to add to the available seating, the wooden chair was brought by an unknown community member. While not a written suggestion of what the lot could be, it clearly communicates what is needed. Thank you, anonymous chair donor, for helping furnish that need!I Imagine info poster_Week 07_Page_5Whether a garden, movie theater, or community center, I like the suggestion that the lot will be fun!

Recycling Games at the Lot!

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On Friday, October 11, the games began on the stumps with some clear rules of Recycling Do*s and Don’t*s. The kids were all ears; t-shirts and blue bins could be won. And Recycling Lore. IMG_6566

The Salem Recycling Committee presented the facts. And then the games began: three groups ran, yelled, and aimed to get the right recycling materials in the proper bins. Action packed.
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Can’t quite remember who won the game, but a great deal of knowledge was learned by all. Not to mention the fun had.IMG_6570 IMG_6571 IMG_6572

After the games, many got t-shirts and some won one of six blue bins. As recycling is now mandatory in Salem, and The Point is its most dense neighborhood, this was a good beginning towards a shift away from the throwing away of all things to a more thoughtful approach to waste management. In fact, as the kids learned, one person’s trash is another’s raw material for entirely new creations!IMG_6576 IMG_6579

The players even helped distribute the information in English and Spanish. If you missed it, the main points are posted on the Point Bulletin Board – go have a look.
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Kids Photograph A Lot in week 6!

Stumped! Colorful seats at the lot

Stumped! Colorful seats at the lot

As kids take turns to photograph the lot three discrete themes emerge: details, portraits, and action shots. Above are the tree stump seats they finished painting today. They add a colorful punch against the brown lot. These were the focus today – and one striking detail: the red against the fall tree canopies.

The detail

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The action shots

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Ana Nuncio from the House of Seven Gables came for a visit

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