|Horse parking just added at Soleri Bridge and Plaza in Scottsdale|
Back in one of the posts about the dedication ceremony at the Soleri Bridge and Plaza, I observed that plenty of people rode bikes to the shindig, but no one talking about public spaces or about life in our crowded, modern cities felt like mentioning two-wheeled human-powered transport in their speeches or discussions to mark the day. Now, I still stand by those pithy observations, but realized today that I hadn't taken the long view: the fact is, from the first day the bridge was open, there were bicycle racks available in a very central location. Today, about two months since the dedication, I noticed they added more hardware, all important and necessary. But I might have noticed: bike racks came first.
|Horses, getting excited about the Goldwater Tunnel behind them, the new horse parking, and crossings|
|New pedestrian parking next to the pylons|
|It's possible that tree behind this seat will be big and shady some day|
|Chairs! Seats! Front row for the monsoon bell concert!|
This latest phase of accessorization of the plaza is a step forward for pedestrians and horses. It seems like it is still necessary to bring your own shade, perhaps in the form of a parasol. But there's drinking water just up the path, at least for pedestrians: I thought it potentially mean to tie up a thirsty beast who has to stare at water in the canal that he can't drink. But I better take the long view: up next, espresso carts, and horse troughs? Those seats above really are perfectly situated for listening to the bells when the wind blows. You can find me there in a monsoon, possibly in a blinding dust storm or driving rain, seeing what they sound like then. Get up. Go ride.