As a popular destination for Albany’s nightlife scene, Pearl
Street is a place for fun and wild times at its many restaurants and bars. Sometimes, the place is a little too much fun, and the area has caught a negative reputation for disorder. After a recent brawl in its streets, Albany is taking proactive steps toward making Pearl Street a more responsible hangout with a positive image.
On Friday, July 15, Mayor Jerry Jennings announced a set of initiatives which he and the participating businesses hope will improve the atmosphere on Albany’s main street.
Components of this new initiative include:
- TIPS training for all employees who serve alcohol at the participating venues. Training for Intervention Purposes certification is designed to teach staff how to keep from over-serving customers and to handle patrons who are intoxicated. This certification will have to be renewed every three years.
- A marketing campaign including a TV commercial, paid for by the businesses
- Identifiable uniforms for security staff
- Cheap Nighttime Parking. The Columbia Street Parking Garage is open for parking after 5pm for $2, without charging an extra fee to cars left overnight and picked up before 8am. Crowne Plaza charges $3 for parking with a ticket validated by a Pearl Street bar or restaurant. Street parking at metered spaces is free after 6pm.
With these goals in mind, Pearl Street is moving towards a better image.
Do you think these measures will make any changes? Can you suggest any improvements Pearl Street could make? Please share with us!