Last week, we published a business story titled Opening Soon in Downtown Salem: Celia's Restaurant in an attempt to advance the opening of a new city eatery.
It didn't take long for you, our readers, to point out that the future home of Celia's, 88 Congress St., isn't exactly located in the heart of downtown.
As the emails and comments continued to pour in, I began asking city residents on our Salem Patch Facebook page where downtown Salem starts and ends - and the answers never seemed to be the same.
So, we thought this might be a good opportunity to use one of our interactive maps to settle this dispute once and for all. We've marked off a few proposed limits using the reader comments from our Celia's article.
Here's what some of our Facebook followers had to say:
Joni B Lawrence: Congress Street is "Downtown Salem?"
James Willis: I consider anything over the Congress St. bridge to be unquestionably outside of downtown, it's in the Point.
Megan Nelson Addario: So not downtown!
Kathrynne Belaska: I consider all of the neighborhoods immediately surrounding the center of Salem to be downtown. So, ya. To me, The Point is part of downtown.
Christian Atchason: If that is Downtown then City Hall is Uptown. Map it based on elevation.
Where do you think downtown Salem starts and ends? Give us your limits and we'll add it to the map above.