Monday, May 23, 2011

A bright red line

It appears that the red line to nowhere in particular was repainted within the last few days. I noticed it prominently on Hawthorne Boulevard and North Street this morning. Here's my question. If you're going to have a paint crew out there to do this, why not have them touch up some of the safety painting at the same time? The crosswalk lines at Essex and Hawthorne are almost non-existent at this point. You painted right between them, why not hit them too? Is it that hard to carry two colors with you?

Fresh red, faded white

Is the red line painted by the city, or is it the Salem Chamber of Commerce or Destination Salem (kinda the city) that paints it? This article gives the impression that (most of) the red line/heritage trail is maintained by the city. Aren't the crosswalks way more important than a silly red line to everywhere? I guess we have our answer. The dollar rules.


  1. G, do you have any idea how hard it is to paint a straight line while you are riding a Segway?
    Well, do ya.....punk?!

  2. Pedestrians have the right of way in a cross walk but do they have the right of way on a red line? Hey Mayor Driscoll try to get out once in a while and see how screwed up our city is.People sitting in traffic blowing their horns in frustration.No turn on red when no traffic exists such as Congress and Derby.Did we hire someone to do a traffic study on that decision? As we all face rising tax bills and fewer city services I would suggest you take a pay cut and start being accountable for the mess we know as Salem.


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