I've told Geoffrey James, a noted Salem architect, that he needs to be cloned. One Geoff can keep on with what the original is doing. The clone should be in charge of urban design for the City of Salem.
(See my previous post, "Architect Geoffrey James critiques Salem's lack of urban design.")
Last night I was pleased to get an email from Geoff that went to me and many others concerned about development in the downtown riverfront area. More great ideas.
I really like his "Proposal for the Expansion of City Hall and Riverfront Park." As the City should be doing, but apparently hasn't been, these two projects should be viewed as an integrated whole.
Well, actually there are three projects, because redevelopment of the old Boise Cascade property east of the railroad tracks also is part of Geoff's vision. (The area west of the tracks would become part of Riverfront Park.)
Here's Geoff's email message.
RIVERFRONT PARK SOUTH EXPANSION connected to SALEM CITY HALL EXPANSION
Community leaders have suggested we meet soon, maybe at the [Salem Library] Anderson Room, and discuss how these can be connected.
A community workshop, or design "charette" similar to what we did at Fairview, is in order.
Please see the following report for some preliminary ideas, to get the discussion started.
Also ... it is now on Facebook, so do join that ... and do "like" the Facebook page.
It is for an online exchange of ideas.
1. Where and when to meet, to get this started
2. Extent of Riverfront Park south expansion
3. How the proposed City Hall addition can be integrated into the solution and provide visitor parking
4. Form a steering committee and organization for this effort
5. Start a fundraising campaign: several people have already said they will donate for park expansion
6. Plan a design "charette" and start developing a community urban design plan for connecting and funding the two projects
Here is a copy of the preliminary planning report:
Here is the Facebook page or website for this:
Here is the 2006 ULI Urban Land Institute plan or report, which is the City's guiding document for this area: