NY State Health Foundation: An Actual Pathway to Better Health in Albany
I’ve been traveling a lot for work this month to speak at meetings and conferences in Boston, New Orleans, and Albany. When I’m away from home, I enjoy getting outside and wandering around, trying to get a sense of the place. What features shape the city? What’s the vibe? What are the neighborhoods like? How do people interact with the city? You can learn a lot just by walking around. Since I live in New York City, walking comes naturally.
On my most recent trip to Albany—a city I’ve visited probably a hundred times or more over the years—I made my way from the center of downtown to the Corning Riverfront Park. It was the first time I’ve been there. This spot, formerly known as the Corning Preserve, is a little out of the way, but it is an entry point to the beautiful Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike trail along the river. The park also hosts community events; when we visited, preparations were underway for a weekly summer music event. Kids were chasing each other around the playground equipment, and walkers, joggers, and cyclists were making their way down the path—part of the Erie Canalway Trail—on that Thursday afternoon. It’s a really nice place. . .