They also have many questions.
Should vehicular traffic be allowed on the mall? Can businesses survive without car traffic? What should be done about the park benches, fountains and the trees?
Many residents and business owners have had their say during a series of forums being conducted by the City in conjunction with an architecture and planning firm, which will conclude next month with the selection of a final plan.
Salem Patch talked to people Tuesday afternoon as they strolled down Essex Street. Swampscott resident Alexandra Townsend, Phoenix Gabe of Salem, John Hanson of Salem, and Debra Crosby, owner of A Quest Actor's Studio all weighed in.
Watch our video to hear their thoughts on this vital corridor.
What is your vision for the mall?