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.

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