Activating Albany's Downtown Waterfront
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Recently, the City of Albany, Oregon, carried out a major revitalization of its historic First Avenue and restored much business and activity to its downtown district. However, historic Water Avenue, which was a site for logging mills and industry along the riverfront, remains relatively unused. The primary purpose of this road in relation to downtown is its many parking lots and access to the Dave Clark River Trail. The city desires to bring new life to its old industrial waterfront by incorporating Water Avenue back into the heart of downtown. In addition, the city would like to see Monteith Park, a local gem for summer concerts, reconnected with downtown and allied to the new Historic Carousel attraction that will open across the street from the park. With these goals in mind, students were tasked to provide the city with detailed designs that explored multiple options for the future development of Water Avenue and Monteith Park.