Lately I've been thinking about the possibilities for interactive or 'smart' bike racks. Interactivity could encourage use and promote biking culture. Could there be a social element? No one is really doing this yet, but why not be the first?
This is my favorite alley renovation project:
In Midtown Detroit. Imagine something like this in the alley behind Beauty Bar and Le Thai? There could be outdoor seating/ events. The alley is protected from the sun and could be a really cool spot (if the dumpsters were placed somewhere else nearby).