New Scotland Avenue is the main street in a couple of neighborhoods, including Park South, just south of Madison Avenue and, you guess it, Washington Park. Park South has seen the beginning of a planned revitalization. Knox Street is especially impressive, and we'll visit there soon.
In the meantime, we'll take a trip to the area right around Albany Medical Center, where entire blocks along New Scotland Avenue have been demolished and redeveloped. (With too much parking, of course.) I'm pretty happy to have the Panera's cheddar broccoli soup so close to me now, and the new buildings are creating a pretty nice commercial/medical/office corridor. It's mixed-use, which is the important part. The buildings are right up against the sidewalk and 3-7 stories high.
|The route, from the hotel across from Albany Medical Center to New Scotland and Dana Avenues.|
The street looks very little as it did when I first moved to Albany three years ago. However, Google Streetview hasn't caught up, so I "took some pictures" on there, and we can see how quickly a street can change drastically.
|If it wasn't a parking garage lining one side and a surface parking lot as the only destination, this would be a neat little pedestrian area. At the very least, it does connect to Myrtle Street.|
|Looking into the sun. Maybe not the best image to display right behind a hospital.|
|The lost streetscape, replaced by the building above.|
|Construction of a new wing at Albany Medical Center.|
|What used to be where the new wing is going. Unhealthy populace or not, the new wing, up against the street, will be an improvement.|
|Another wasted opportunity to make this super cool.|
|New Scotland Avenue and Myrtle.|
|New Scotland and Myrtle, way back when.|
|Looking back the way we came.|
|The past version of looking back the way we came. I like how the sun is setting in these pictures too. Google Streetview and I are on the same page.|
|Stewart's. There used to be houses next to this. Maybe the offices are better in this case. It's easier to work next to a parking lot than live next to one. But who wants to do either?|
|The same shot as above, in 2009.|
|A more complete shot of the streetscape way back when.|
Either way, it's a radical change and one that is making its presence known.