Some urban planners have argued that parking garages destroy the architectural assets of urban cores.
Parking lots and garages displace street-level shops, office space and cultural centers.
Those complaints may be true, but I have found unexpected visual joy in parking garages.
They offer an urban version of the hikes and sublime views that lead me to the Adirondack mountains.
I climb the stairwells to the top decks, often photographing multiple garages in one outing.
The roofs offer unusual views of nearby buildings and far-off valleys and hills.
The tops of garages are places of surprising beauty and calm.