Activating and beautifying underutilized public spaces like alleys integrates exciting and healthy public spaces into our existing urban environments. It also tends to increase the perception of safety and reduce unwanted behaviors in those areas.
Since 2018, the Rochester Downtown Alliance (RDA) has been working on a new project that aims to re-purpose the 3rd Street Alley (300 block between 3rd and 4th Streets SW) in Downtown Rochester by integrating art and design installations into the space.
Artworks (left to right):
Charley Mayo Would strap Canada Geese to His Back and Spend Sunday Afternoons Gliding the Mighty Zumbro, Chad Allen
Impala, Maggie Panetta
The RDA works with alley businesses and property owners through a Downtown Façade Grant to incorporate additional design aspects.