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

September 15th, 2010

Restaurant at Jail to open next week

The Great Escape at Salem Jail

Reported at Salem Patch, the restaurant at the Jail, The Great Escape, will open Monday.

Future site of the restaurant in the Jail

When I saw this in the open house, I had wondered if this would be the restaurant.  I seem to have guessed right.

Despite the guy from Northfields and the associated controversy over the green space, a restaurant operator came through after all. 

I’m not sure how they’ll do long-term, and I don’t know if I’ll afford to eat there myself, but I wish them luck.  Hats off to New Boston for their tenacity in seeing this through.

September 15th, 2010

Restaurant at Jail to open next week

The Great Escape at Salem Jail

Reported at Salem Patch, the restaurant at the Jail, The Great Escape, will open Monday.

Future site of the restaurant in the Jail

When I saw this in the open house, I had wondered if this would be the restaurant.  I seem to have guessed right.

Despite the guy from Northfields and the associated controversy over the green space, a restaurant operator came through after all. 

I’m not sure how they’ll do long-term, and I don’t know if I’ll afford to eat there myself, but I wish them luck.  Hats off to New Boston for their tenacity in seeing this through.

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 17th, 2010

How Big is Monopoly Park?

UPDATE:  Square footage for Lappin Park added—see below. So how big is the Salem Jail greenspace? The opening image in this post is from the original blueprint that Sue Cranney provided me of the bypass road project at St. Peter St.  S…

March 17th, 2010

Is the Salem Jail Greenspace really that small?

Proponents of a parking lot for the Salem Jail green space all say nearly the same thing:  “It’s a dinky little space near cars and traffic!  Why do you want it green?” Indeed it doesn’t look like much now, littered by constructi…

March 14th, 2010

Final Thoughts on Jail Parking and the Greenspace

Final followup, I hope, to the ongoing Salem Jail Parking drama.  The Salem News gave an account of last Tuesday’s meeting, and talked about it some more. Any time the neighborhood associations get involved in discussions like this, I’m…

March 9th, 2010

Salem Jail Parking Proposal Apparently Dead

The City Council met tonight to discuss New Boston Venture’s proposal to reconfigure the greenspace triangle at St. Peter, Bridge and Howard Sts for additional restaurant parking. The proposal is apparently dead. Rather than give my opinions a…

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.

June 16th, 2009

Salem Jail Renovation

Despite the fears of some that the Jail project was stalled, the renovations are moving apace.  The old concrete stairwells in the main building have been demolished. The building is being cleaned: It already looks better!