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TELL US: What 5 Downtown Places Most Bother You?

Do you agree with the list published yesterday? What most concerns you? How would you fix it?

Yesterday, Contributor William Legault   

We want to know what you think of Legault's list and assessment.  

He listed the following as the spots he's most concerned about:

1. Intersection at Washington and New Derby Streets

2. Lafayette Park

3. Bus Stop at

4. River Walk to

5. /Parking Garage

Which Salem spot are you most concerned about?

If you could make a list of the top five Salem spots that are your pet peeves or bother you, would they be the same as the the ones listed above? If not, what would they be? 

Take our poll and let us know what you think in the comments.

For those of you who like to see the bright side of things, we'll be taking on Salem's top positive spots/goings on, so stay tuned. 

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Ron Zabrocki August 28, 2012 at 12:43 PM
I love Salem . Visit often. Even plan on buying a condo as a second home. However, I have noticed how incredibly busy the town is getting as far as traffic! Has Salem grown too fast for it's own good? Needs a revamping in the area of traffic flow. Fast!
Bob Broderick August 28, 2012 at 01:40 PM
the people at Walgreens on New Derby St. need to know how many people will not go there because of the panhandling outside. isn't there a better location for a bus stop? how about across from the inbound stop on Washington St?
zachary antczak August 28, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Ron - Traffic in Salem is all part of the charm. That's what makes it a great walking city. But yeah...the biggest problem in Salem is the Lafayette Park and the surrounding buildings. Full of the biggest sh*tbags in Salem. Lafayette Park IMO is the second town dump. I say you get rid of it all together. Pull up the benches, rip out the trees, make it all concrete. I mean other cities put things in place to detract pigeons, why can't we do the same?
zachary antczak August 28, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Not to mention all of the entryways into Salem are a bit of an eyesore. Lafayette Street falls apart right as you're about to pull into downtown. Boston Street is quite literally the scariest street in Salem. North onto Summer would be great if there wasn't a junkyard, Canal St is the home of the double jointed telephone poles and Family Dollar. That leaves Bridge St which is actually coming together nicely.
Lisa Dolloff August 28, 2012 at 02:01 PM
They're the reason I only go to CVS. When CVS is closed, I wait until the next day.
Lisa Dolloff August 28, 2012 at 02:03 PM
One of the things that bothers me the most about Salem isn't one location, it's the trash. All over. Doesn't anyone clean this town? We obviously can't leave it up to each person to clean up after themselves. It's embarassing.
That Girl August 28, 2012 at 04:40 PM
This is the closer Walgreen's for me but I refuse to go there. I'll go to the one on Boston Street. I don't even feel comfortable using the BoA ATM because the Walgreen's panhandlers keep an eye on that door and sort of drift down toward it to greet you when you exit. So not cool. Thus I use that ATM only when the bank is open and always walk on the other side of the street when I'm on New Derby.
BJ Larson August 28, 2012 at 05:06 PM
I agree with Lisa, trash AND seriously filthy public rest rooms. Not that I use them myself, but when I am on artists row, I am always so embarrassed to see the tourist that need to use them, look so discussed when they come out. Cleaning public spaces would go a long, long ways towards making the city more livable.
Michelle Suttle August 28, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Salem has changed so very much in the past 10 years. Some of that change has been for the better and some changes... not so much. The trash situation ALL OVER THE TOWN concerns me most. There needs to be more barrels that the trash can not be blown out of, and the DPW needs to be better about the pick up. At the playground on the commons last week there were empty plastic water bottles everywhere and the barrel was overflowing. As for Walgreens... the bus stop there makes the most sence for people who take the bus in that area. The "run-off" from the nearby shelter and the riff-raff hanging there needs to be policed better. That is the only other solution other than shutting the shelter and that surely isn't a good idea. I also wish people would stop smoking outside public buildings. I hate coming home from the post office and smelling like I smoked a pack of cigarettes.
harry callahan August 28, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Zach-i agree with you 100%
Patricia Small August 28, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Hey, I'm always picking up the trash in front of my own house in Salem, which isn't even downtown (quite). Beer cans, McDonald's cups, candy wrappers...I've tended to blame the latter on the Collins School kids walking by, and put a trash can out front for them. Regrettably that tends to get used only by the dog walkers, who are welcome to it, but in general I have to conclude that we raise slobs in Salem.
jeanmartin August 28, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Trash . We need more trash cans,no one wants to walk a block away to fine a barrle so they just drop it.Its not only down town.
Lulu Hawkins August 28, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Michelle, I agree totally. Between the pan handlers, smokers, and Police, that only care about certain things like sitting in the Peabody St parking lot watching for speeders go right passed them (while I watch them do nothing from my Peabody St apt).
john August 28, 2012 at 09:26 PM
The mayor has gutted the DPW to the point that things don't get done.It was so bad at the Willows that they now have a truck down there emptying barrells around 5pm,probably on overtime. They can't afford to do that everywhere. Rockett avoided that type of problem by not putting barrels on the wharf at all.The only thing Rockett cares about now is the hotel.
Cwheels August 28, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Believe it or not several years ago at a department head meeting it was decided that the best way to fix the over flowing trash barrel problem was to remove the barrels all together. The same plan was put to work on the benches being used as beds issue.
john August 29, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Everything is outsourced.Grass cutting,line painting,most water and sewer work,street sweeping and more. If a company from Taunton can afford to drive to Salem to cut grass,pay for fuel,wages,benifits,insurance,equipment and make a profit then what exactly are we saving. Street sweeping,with police following??? Street sweeping was much better when the city did it and we still have a sweeper.
Fred Votta August 29, 2012 at 03:18 AM
I believe having the ARMED GUARD outside the entrance to the Bank of America speaks volumes...
Henry Talbot August 29, 2012 at 01:10 PM
The armed ARMED GAURD....Stop in and ask why they have the armed guard you will amused.
KlassySalem August 29, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Tell us. I've wondered.
Roxie August 29, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Then they'll hang out outside the Dunkin Donuts or sit on the steps of the Joshua Ward house, both of which they do anyway.
Tim Sinnicks August 30, 2012 at 02:23 AM
The bus shelter at Walgreen's is not actually the bus stop. The actual stop is about 20 feet away. The bus does not stop there, it has become the informal living room for various miscreants. I ride daily, my other choice is the Lafayette Park stop. Not an improvement, that area seems to be round the clock loosers, addicts and criminals. BOA? Thank god for direct deposit and online banking. Walgreen's, never go there. I would participate in community clean ups, but there don't seem to be any. The City and Police need to take action so we can get our city back from this hand full of non employable troubled bunch who won't do anything to help themselves. I' m sick of the gimme dolla guy and the I ran out of gas guy, I understand he just got out jail. Too bad for us. My response to them is "f" off. I don't miss the Spanish guy who screams at all hours of the day at on coming traffic. His outfits were however entertaining. Hope he never comes back. This is a year round tourist spot, why does the City and the a Police allow this group to foul up our image. Getting rid of them would solve most of the trash issue. As well as improving our quality of life.
john August 30, 2012 at 03:12 AM
It's much more than a handful.Read the police log and notice how many people that get arrested give their address as the shelter.How can this be? The shelter is drug and alcohol free or maybe not? Drunks,drug usesers,thieves,agressive beggers and people commiting all kinds of crimes give the shelter as their home address.The shelter is the single biggest problem that is affecting every aspect of life in Salem.
zachary antczak August 30, 2012 at 01:33 PM
for the record...there was an armed guard in front of the bank of america in the south end yesterday. has nothing to do with salem.
Danielle September 07, 2012 at 09:48 AM
There are few issues at work here. The excess of vagrants and traffic/noise/safety issues are not going to get better without added police walking details to disperse loiters, ticket intersection blockers AND jaywalkers. Added DPW walking details, to report daily the main areas of trash overflow and abuse is also needed. MONEY is the key element here. We pay a decent amount in taxes. Where is it going, that we can't add these services?

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