The City of Salem Traffic and Parking Department has been busy making and installing new street signs around the Proctor’s Ledge Witchcraft Trials Memorial along Proctor and Pope Streets. Recalls the lyrics of the former hit rock ‘n roll song;
Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind
Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?
First up at the portal into Proctor’s Ledge along Proctor St. is this tandem pair banning trucks and tour buses. The placement of the anti-truck sign is quizzical, as the truck loading dock to the Malik factory right across the street, by the hedges, repudiates the intent of the sign.
Continuing up Proctor St is this tandem before the “viewing platform”. The “No Entry” was there before but is unenforceable, as all neighbors can attest to “midnight visitors”. New is the crude map directing visitors to the Memorial around the corner on Pope St, hinting that “you’re not quite there yet”.
Across from the “viewing platform” are three consecutive arrow signs pointing to the public parking lot at Gallows Hill Park. Not sure yet how effective these will be, as the parking lot is a right while the Memorial is a left. Plus across the street from the “viewing platform” is the private Malik factory lot, which has already had intruders parking there, despite the prominent No Parking signs. Not October yet, and towing season has already begun