Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Oh Really?

A few days ago I was talking to a friend about one of my Salem pipe dreams (as in, I know it'll never happen, but it's cool to imagine it could).   I stated, "What if part of the Fairview property was turned into a fun place like the Troutdale McMenamin's--complete with lodgings, areas for concerts and weddings?"
My friend replied, "That would be cool, but it would never work in Salem."

I was surprised and disappointed to hear those words.
Why not in Salem?
I mean there's a successful destination McMenamin's in Forest Grove, why not here?
Would it create a nice boost that would carry over to other businesses in the Salem area or would it benefit only the one business?

What are your thoughts?

4 comments:

Salem Man said...

It would work really well in Salem. I'd go there all the time. rolyat royam

KandN said...

Me too! I wonder what kind of names they'd dream up? Politically correct?

Simple Simon said...

I love this idea. I know there is work going on with the development of that Fairview property. I would hate to see it turn into rows and rows of cookie cutter houses sitting on top of one another. It's gorgeous land and those McMennimans do wonders with old buildings.

KandN said...

Maybe it's the economy, or the small lots or the narrow streets, but that development has stalled. There was one more house built since N and I visited last year. Such an awesome concept and it is gorgeous land.
I've searched to find out what plans there are for the rest of the property, but the only thing that comes up is info on the housing development.