TELL US: What Salem Spots Do You Love Most?

Do you agree with the list published yesterday? Where are Salem's hidden gems? Where does Salem shine?

Yesterday, Contributor William Legault shared the Salem to follow up on last week's

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

Our "Voice in Salem" listed the following as the spots he believes best highlight Salem's positive attributes:

1. Private Garden at North and Lynde Streets

2. The Derby Street Waterfront

3. Traffic Islands

4. Front Street, Derby Square and Artists' Row

5. Pedestrian Mall Fountains

If you could make a list of the top five Salem spots, would they be the same as the the ones listed above? If not, what would they be? 

Are you a fan of the spots listed including and the ?

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Brenda Marean September 05, 2012 at 12:22 PM
My 5 favorite places in Salem: Green Lawn cemetery, any weather, any day; Furlong Park at high tide; private garden at 20 Dearborn Street; Winter Island Park; Conservation Trails behind Salem State Loring Ave. dorms. All free, all beautiful! Brenda Marean
Brenda Marean September 05, 2012 at 12:23 PM
I agree with Mr. Legault's favorite places; much better than his least favorites!!
Don Nadeau September 05, 2012 at 12:25 PM
1. The Essex Street Pedestrian Mall! So many people use it, one of two avenues where the stress of contending with automobiles is removed. And Yes, including the fountains, both works of art. I thought of reproducing the cobblestone map of Salem fountain in miniature with sugar cubes before we destroy it, but realized that even that would be a lot of work! 2. Winter Island Community Garden. So many visitors from elderly former Victory Gardeners from World War II, to school children who had never seen a food plant before come visit us and talk. I enjoy immensely growing my own healthy food and getting to know the neighbors and visitors. 3. Waikiki Beach. Lovely spot, and an underwater wonderland with so many plants and lobsters and occassionally schools of fish and the egrets that love them.
Don Nadeau September 05, 2012 at 12:56 PM
*the fountain with the cobblestone map of Salem *occasionally. 4. The many fine restaurants! 5. Salem Common, especially the trees, and the poor dilapidated arch commemorating the Father of our country. So many more favorite spots, but five will have to do for now.
Amanda J September 05, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Also Salem Public Library!
Liv September 05, 2012 at 01:27 PM
1. Salem Common 2. The Willows 3. Greenlawn Cemetary 4. Federal Street when the flowering trees are in bloom 5. The PEM
Sally Skinner September 05, 2012 at 03:55 PM
1.) The view of the harbor at the ends of Glover Street and Leach Street 2.) Salem Common 3.) The back ways off of Derby Street between Pickering Wharf and the House of Seven Gables 4.) The McIntyre District 5.) The walkway around Collins Cove
Bat Turner September 05, 2012 at 04:20 PM
1- The Essex Street pedestrian mall, you know the one the city is trying to destroy... 2- the beautiful fountains that will soon be destroyed 3- Howard street Cemetery, even though the city has locked it, preventing even us locals from visiting this beautiful place 4- pretty much everything that draws in tourists in October except of course for the Peabody Essex Museum... 5- Salem Beer Works, the only thing (as far as I know) the city isn't trying to get rid of
Bill September 05, 2012 at 04:31 PM
john September 05, 2012 at 06:26 PM
It's right up there!
Danielle September 06, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Salem Wilows Essex Street Pedestrian Mall Pickering Wharf Salem Common The McIntyre District.
Jim F September 06, 2012 at 11:36 AM
The Pedestrian Mall (with fountains)- in fact all of Essex St. McIntyre district (Chestnut St.) Pickering Wharf Salem Common Morning Glory B&B on Hardy St.
Stephanie Hagyard September 06, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Waikiki Beach Chestunut St. Salem Common
Letty C September 12, 2012 at 03:00 AM
1. Essex St. Pedestrian Mall most especially during the summer when they used to have actual WATER! 2. Steve's Quality Market (a place where people actually know your name, have reasonable prices, great freshly prepared food and bread)! 3. Winter Island 4. Any parking space within a 15 minute walk from downtown--especially to get to City Hall or The Career Center--without a meter, resident only sign, or meter Reader with super human speed. Seriously, do they carry electronic devices that count down each meter to the second of expiration? 5. Any part of Salem not touched by Driscoll's Rein of Destruction and Glorification of Crime-Ridden Areas. Someone should let her know that chomping on gum during a meeting that will be aired on community access television is really, really crass. Most especially when she is chomping the wad and speaking simultaneously.


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