|A bicycle rack, some trees for separation, a canal, some connecting paths|
Too many times, I see neighborhoods and business turn their backs on the potential of the canals that cross our city. With fences, walls, gates, and neglect, people have turned away all too often. But consider one alternative. At Chelsea's Kitchen, a neighborhood restaurant and gathering spot at 40th Street north of Camelback Road, the path along the Arizona Canal is incorporated into the experience, embraced, appreciated, and also functional. Trees, flowing water, a gravel path, open air, bright sunshine, an occupied bicycle rack, parents pulling kids in a fancy red wagon: so much better than a cement wall, a bare parking lot, and the sixteen other kinds of generic visual hell that are not this. Put this into context: these bikes are not after-thoughts, not jammed in between the bollards and the garbage cans, they are included. Look at the space in this picture, they actually have breathing room in the form of a great open canal path!
|Room to ride, room to park, room to breathe, room to spin around in a silly circle dance|
The native plants landscaping is also a beautiful touch. This is a proper interface between canal and community, enabling, honoring, recognizing, supporting both. With bicycles, right there at the center. Get up. Go ride.