Albany has a vibrant historic downtown and a beautiful waterfront park. However, the links between the two are not particularly frequent, inviting, or pedestrian- friendly. This proposal analyzes natural site conditions and the existing built environment to locate the optimal spots where such links could most productively be strengthened. Surface geology conditions, topography, existing railroad crossings, view corridors from public transit, and vehicle circulation factors converged to suggest several points of intervention.
This proposal recommends the addition of crosswalks, bus shelters, entrance markers such as arches and planter boxes, a new small park, and stormwater quality planters in order to make the connections between the downtown and the riverfront safer, more pleasant, more active, and more visible. Additionally, this proposal o ers suggestions on the possible redevelopment of Water Street to enhance that transitional zone. Two possible zoning priorities are suggested: The street could become an extension of the park, providing a larger open space that can host more recreation opportunities and services, or alternatively, it could be
a place for mixed-use development, which could draw people from the shops of historic downtown to enjoy co ee or dinner along the water, and will bring more residents to the area who can shop downtown and enjoy the river. Either proposal would make the crossings between the waterfront and the downtown more enjoyable and desirable.
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Sustainable City Year Program Manager
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Senior Community Development Planner