There are 18 neighborhood associations in
Salem, but CAN-DO is perhaps the most unique because of its
downtown location. It certainly is a key-player in the network
of Salem's neighborhood associations.
CAN-DO has always been about citizen
participation. In fact, neighborhood associations exist for
that very reason— to include
people in on the decision-making process,
therefore reaching a more inclusive and balanced decision for all.
Downtown Salem is many things to many people;
that's what is so great about it. It's really a neighborhood not
just an economic district. It's also the city of Salem's living room.
Every person who lives, works or owns a business here should
feel some ownership of downtown.
of Salem Urban Development on Downtown
many restaurants and taverns downtown with 80%
outside of the Salem Center Mall (includes coffee shops
and catering shops)
Quite a few downtown businesses are open on
Sundays; 35% of those are outside the Salem Center Mall
Many downtown businesses are open after
7pm during the week; 35% are outside of the Salem Center
nearly 100 residential units in
downtown; many are in mixed-use buildings
residential units currently under construction in downtown
The majority of square footage in
downtown is dedicated to: 762,570 square feet of department
stores and other general retail (general retail includes:
antique stores, game stores, gift stores, novelty stores,
home decor and toy stores); 223,295 of square footage in
downtown is financial institutions
of business types by count are dedicated to misc. shops,
legal services, restaurants
What can we do?
Downtown is in the midst of great change, so
it's important that it continues to have an independent
neighborhood association that works separately from other advisory
groups, businesses or special interest groups such as Go Downtown
Salem or the Downtown Advisory Board. Those organizations do
play an important yet different role, than that of CAN-DO.
CAN-DO (Central Area Neighborhood Development
Organization) encompasses the downtown core as well as
some surrounding residential areas. If you are a resident, property owner,
employee, or person engaged in business in this area,
and are interested in contributing to the objectives of
CAN-DO, you are already a member of this group!
What are our goals?
||Support initiatives that increase bicyclist
and pedestrian safety and access to downtown.
||Support initiatives offering practical
solutions to problems related to indigency
||Increase participation and organizational
NEED MORE INFO?
CAN-DO meets every 3rd Tuesday at
6:00 p.m. If you'd like to receive the monthly agenda electronically
sign up on the
City of Salem website.
If you want the info and
updates via regular mail by calling
Salem First Christian Church
685 Marion Street NE
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