Parking spot dog park

parking day 2014 dog park

We took a few minutes Friday afternoon to check out some of the displays for Park(ing) Day in Albany (as mentioned), an event that temporarily repurposes parking spaces to help prompt discussion about how urban space is used.

The scene above is from Pearl Street -- it's a dog park set up outside the Downtown Albany BID offices. Some of the spaces around the city included a camp site, a play area, a pondside hangout with Adirondack chairs.

If anything, the displays put some attention on the amount of space that parking takes up along streets. Next year it'd be interesting to see if the event could take over a long strip of spaces for some sort use -- or, in a different sort of event/project, maybe even the city could experiment with temporarily making a few streets pedestrian zones. NYC experimented with this on Broadway in Manhattan a few years back (obviously a different scale and density compared to Albany) and it prompted some permanent changes.

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The Graduate Student Planning Association (GPSA) was out there with our protected bike lane. It may have only been three spaces, but we were able to show Albany what good bicycle infrastructure looks like! Check out what people are advocating for on Madison: https://www.facebook.com/AlbanyProtectedBikeLanes

r there pictures of all the spots anywhere?

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