Salem Alley Days

What is Salem Alley Days?

On June 10th, 2019 The City of Salem proclaimed the summer of 2019 a celebration of Salem Alley Days. Coinciding with events such as First Wednesdays and On Your Feet Fridays from June 14th-September 4th, the Salem Main Street Association shared historic alley information and asked for public input and a public vote to name our downtown alleys. In total, 567 citizens voted to name the alleys via the website and paper ballot.

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Why did we ask the public to name our historic alleys?

Naming a place gives power and identity. Naming recognizes otherwise hidden or forgotten places and brings energy to those places.

Naming is:

  • A recognized tool in activating underutilized spaces in downtown.
  • An opportunity to honor local history, culture and geographic features
  • A way to talk about and find the businesses located on the alleys and encourages more businesses to locate along them.


The Winning Names

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What’s Next?

  • June 10

    Salem Alley Days​ Proclamation

  • June 14 – July 12

    Public Input Survey. We are asking the public to provide alley name suggestions that meet the historical criteria.

  • July 13 – August 1

    Tally of Public Input Survey

  • August 7 – September 4

    Public Voting (see blue button below). We are asking the public to vote on the historical vetted alley names.

  • Mid-September

    Final results of the community vote will be tallied.

  • October

    SMSA Board Meeting to select final names from the voting tallies based on survey and naming criteria.

  • November – December

    Work with the City of Salem to develop signage and wayfinding for selected names.

Salem Alley Days MapFinal TallyNaming CriteriaProclamationHistoric Names ReportSMSA Process