The posts on this page are from a variety of Salem blogs and the views expressed are those of the individual blog author.

April 7th, 2010

Barbed Wire is Gone at the Salem Jail!

  As promised, the barbed-wire fencing around the Salem Jail has finally been removed!  (A second, inner wall, was partially dismantled when the Jail was closed and demolished when the renovation began.) In other news, the new courthouse…

March 29th, 2010

Salem Jail’s Open House

There was never a time during the Salem Jail’s existence that people would be waiting to get in to the Jail, but it happened yesterday during a scheduled open house. There were about 30-50 people in line at any one moment and about an equal numbe…

March 15th, 2010

Bridge Street Reconstruction Begins


Salem Jail Park 2010-03-13 006, originally uploaded by dmoisan.

Bridge St. reconstruction starts today. There’ll be an informational meeting at the Carlton School tomorrow night at 7. I won’t make that meeting. The neighborhood is no stranger to construction projects like the Veterans Riverway and the Veterans Memorial bridge, and this project is the end of an overall plan spanning over 30 years.

This Salem News article has the usual cynical commentariat about flagmen, corrupt officials and lazy workers.  Yawn.  I love how there are always magical private sector pixies about that would finish projects instantly if we only stood back and let them.  I seem to recall, though, reading over the years of private sector, excuse me, Private Sector contractors getting paid by the day and padding projects.

My colleague Charlie will bear it worse than I will since I live a good distance south of the construction.

(For such a “tiny insignificant greenspace”, it’s remarkable just how much it insulates me from most traffic, especially since I’m just feet away from moving cars on the Ash St. side of my parking lot.)

August 25th, 2009

Morency Manor: Apartment work starts for me

Morency Manor 2009-08-30 008My daylight’s gone! Waaaaaaaaaahhhh!

August 23rd, 2009

Morency Manor work continues

The work continues on my building.  I’ve been told to expect work on my apartment to begin in a week or two.  I’m guessing the week of the 30th or the week after, at the latest.  After taking this picture, I now know why it was …

July 30th, 2009

Changes at Home

Changes are coming to my very home!  For the past several years, the Housing Authority has been trying to get funding for a new, second elevator for my building.  The original elevator is breaking down.  If a second elevator could n…

June 24th, 2009

“Walls Do Not a Prison Make…”

“..nor iron bars a cage.” The bars on the window of the Jail are being removed this week. For the first time, you can look into the building! Looking forward to seeing the fence come down, one hopes soon.