What's going on, Albuquerque?
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Other than the restaurant at the Hyatt or Moloney's at the other end, I don't see any other opportunities for creating more direct access from the buildings. I would support eliminating the planters and creating buried utility "hook-ups" (electricity, water, drainage) out to the center. These hook-ups could be used for food trucks or freestanding pods with common al fresco dining areas. Sort of a lineal food court which would not be required to provide rest rooms. There's no reason that existing Downtown eateries couldn't operate the pods, much in the same way existing businesses set up booths at the Balloon Fiesta. The security issue has to be addressed by the City. The owner of the old Sweet Peppers (Frank?) used to say the biggest problem downtown was lack of nighttime lighting. So lighting up the passageway is one consideration. Increased supervision by either APD or the DAT is another. What I find ironic is that at least one group of Downtown boosters is continually promoting walkability and pedestrian friendliness and this solution is blatant on its face an accommodation to automobiles.
There are several other bars (or former bars; several have gone out of business) along the southern edge of the mall that are currently enclosed by fenced patios...I guess those were some of the spaces I had in mind. I agree that eliminating or reconfiguring the planters would help, and yes, lighting is a huge issue. All things that could be done to improve the status quo without need for expensive, destructive rethinks. It's laughable that the road plan is being pushed as something that will enhance the 4th street experience for pedestrians.
I guess I should clarify my position on fencing - nice wrought iron fence, with gates that could be opened during lunch time, otherwise closed. Anybody left would be asked to leave (politely). Then the enclosed areas could only be accessed through businesses or the city-owned parking structure. And improved lighting and heating for the winter would be nice for growing businesses in this area.
I just don't want transients hanging out, taking over this nice space. There's plenty of other parks for them to go to (of course, no one else wants them there either. It's a tough existence, I know - maybe the city needs to find them another hassle-free area to hang at. )
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