I loved Salem Place. Essentially, Horton Town Square has replaced it for good.
The studio is right in the heart of busy Burbank, with traffic noise and major construction being done on the property itself. It's been almost two decades since I was outside the studio, and I was shocked at how the studio was crammed into a very busy commercial district. And that was before the last decade of urban development. Parking for the actors was recently moved somewhat far away due to the construction. Far away enough that a golf cart is used to shuttle the cast.
It may sound easy to just film outside, but go back and watch the hellish job done on the final gasps of ATWT and GL. Sure, technology is better, but you still have lighting, choreography, different makeup needs, crowd control, homeless management, landscaping and litter maintenance, shadows, angles, and re-takes. Under the current budget, there are no re-takes,
If they manage to stumble into a few more bucks, I'd rather they spend it on updating the current sets, invest in some promotion, and maybe hire some writers/directors who aren't already AARP members.
Edge of Night was an amazing show, and it's sets were comical. But the writing and the storytelling and the casting was outstanding. Good story will make everyone forget the dusty Brady Pub, the 1990s style hotelroom (hello, bedspreads were banned a decade ago) and the generic multi-purpose office.