Category: CIty of Amsterdam

Transportation Planners Admit Downtown Mistake

Amsterdam, NY (August 7,2013) — In a hastily announced press conference, planners at the Bureau of Transportation Planning at New York State, admitted some errors in designing the new downtown traffic patterns. “We were recently confronted with questions concerning snow removal with the new patterns....

Amsterdam Chosen as Cola Test Market

Amsterdam, NY (August 5, 2013) — Consumers in Amsterdam lined up at local convenience and grocery stores to try the new beverage, Dr. Barq’s Spresca Cola. The beverage blends, or in industry terms, ‘consolidates’ , the best flavors from Coca-Cola’s popular sodas — Dr Pepper,...

Marketing Talk Riles Local City

Amsterdam, NY (August 2, 2013)  With Montgomery County Business Development Center recent announcement of a branding effort, local residents and leaders quickly mobilized against the effort. “I don’t know what good a logo and slogan do.” ,offered lifelong resident Al Green, “We need to cut...

The Outrage of Pet Food Stamps

Yesterday I posted about the new pet food stamps program called ‘EPIC’.  Today at one of our local grocery stores, I witnessed the program firsthand and I’m simply outraged.  What follows is a true story even though I do not want to disclose the store...

Pull Up a Lawn Chair

I’m quite baffled at the tone of editorial reaction and commentary by the goings at the Recorder in light of their recent acquisition and attendant management change. According to the new owners and publisher, they state the following: Both Kosineski and McClary said readers should be excited...

Architecture 12010

I think Amsterdam has some amazing architecture within the city. I write a lot about preserving examples of architecture from periods long past but what about the recent periods of architecture. What prompted this post is the building housing the Amsterdam Police Department at 1...

Economic Development Models

An interesting read on Schenectady’s turnaround with a few highlights (from Lessons in Downtown Redevelopment Success: The Story of Schenectady’s Comeback : Ray listed the five stages of development as they worked in his city, in rough chronological order:    Stage 1: Coffee, Clubs, and...

Urban Legends 12010 (Updated X 2)

Unwilling to admit poor policy or poor governance as significant to the moribund state of the city by the elected and appointed local leaders, a faction of the city continues to assign blame elsewhere for this state of affairs. The scapegoat of choice is “social...

Compare and Contrast

I like to revisit the Chalmers saga from time to time for no other reason than to point out the utter wrongheadedness of the Chalmers opponents. What prompts this post the following from the Business Review story Kaufman gears up to transform iconic Albany Int’l complex: ...