|The other side of my picture with the 'bad urbanism' comment from my past post. I'd rather a building or something useful here, but it's a sweet view, nonetheless.|
But now, we're about to cross, both visually and officially, into Hudson/Park, south of Madison Avenue.
|Lots of parking! Everyone should immediately fall in love, since parking is the most important thing in the world.|
|Looking east down Jefferson Street. This isn't where we're going, instead this is further downtown. Still a nice street, though.|
|This renovation is new. Last year it was just a crappy but cute building that constantly inspired me to think, "Geez, why doesn't someone renovate this? It's perfect!"|
|This is fine, apparently.|
|Run down buildings? Bring it.|
|All the charm of a suburban storage unit and in an entirely inappropriate environment. No problems that I can see.|
|Oh no!! What is this, art?! Blech get it out of here.|
|Taken at the very straightest angle I could get. I'm looking at an impediment of maybe four inches. The city routinely blocks entire sidewalks for construction. (Even in Center Square where all new construction is handed down by God himself!)|
So sign that petition!
|I signed the petition. If you get the chance, I encourage you to do the same.|
|WHAT A HORROR SHOW GET IT AWAY GET IT AWAY. I'm kidding, of course. How cute is this? It has to be one of the most winning things in the city. Leave it alone, Albany!|
|This fence is sadly in need of citizen art.|
|Too much parking. Someday a building will be here... I hope.|
|Newer infill construction. These places have cute lofts up top that you can see at night.|
|But yeah, the totem pole is the problem. This is fine. Ugh.|
|You know what this desolate stretch could use? Some planters and totem poles.|
|This guy sells some really neat stuff, old records and whatnot. But let's face it. This is more of an impediment to walking than the planter and totem are. I don't want to see either of them forced to stop, though.|
|This is the kind of neighborhood I want to live in. In some ways, I already do. But homegrown supercuteness is what I, and I'm sure many others, just crave.|
|Stop work. The city doesn't like fun.|
|These are the people I want in my neighborhood. Well, no. I don't. My neighborhood is already set. I want people like this where they're needed. And this is where they're needed. And they need us to support them.|
I've always kind of thought of this city as a bit provincial, not nearly as organically fun as Troy, for example. Now it seems more and more like the creative writing teacher we all had in high school that wants their students to express themselves, that is, until one of them writes something they disagree with.
The people who put this totem up, Thomas Gabriels and Lorilee Rooney, deserve our thanks, not fines. While some people can't shovel a 15'x3' path all winter long, they are contributing positively to making Albany a nicer place for all to experience. Let's at the very least allow them to do so.