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From the New York Times story titled, A van Gogh’s Trip From the Attic to the Museum : AMSTERDAM — For roughly a century, the painting “Sunset at Montmajour” was considered a fake. It was stored in an attic and then held in a private collection,...

Walking the Talking

Tim Becker at ParsNova has an excellent post on the issue of economic development and the positioning of Amsterdam within a regional economic development plan. You should read that. (And, on a separate topic, you should also read his excellent post on AIDA and the...

Bridge Opponents Draft Legislative Remedy

Amsterdam, NY (August 30, 2013) — Taking a page from the playbook that helped secure funding for the pedestrian bridge, opponents to the pedestrian bridge put forth a resolution to demolish the bridge immediately following its ribbon cutting in 2015. The draft resolution would attach...

Digital Economy Media Coverage Provokes Backlash

Amsterdam, NY (August 29, 2013) — A local newspaper story on local Web designer Tim Becker stirred controversy on economic development in this small upstate city. Long time resident and politician, Horace Buggywhips remarked on the controversy, “There goes the liberal Recorder pushing do-gooder stories...

Blogger Creates Philosophical Firestorm

Amsterdam, NY (August 27, 2013) — The local community tried to return to its sense of normalcy and its normal rhythms following a harrowing challenge to its very essence and raison ‘d etre following a paradigm-shifting blog post from local blogger, Tim Becker. In a...

City Braces for Fall Fest

Amsterdam, NY (August 23, 2013) — Local residents braced themselves for another seasonal community event: the First Annual Fall Festival on October 19th.  “I think we’ve been through enough with the nightmare of Spring Fling. Why do we need another event?”, remarked Lotta Weining, a...

City Announces Ribbon Cutting at $400K Empty Lot

Amsterdam, NY (August 22, 2013) — Local economic development agencies put the finishing touches on a ribbon cutting ceremony at the former site of the Esquire building once the building comes down. “We’re excited to see the results of almost $400 thousand spent by the...

Kids Ready for Excuses as School Starts

Amsterdam, NY (August 21 ,2013) — As kids across the city collected their back-to-school supplies, kids were eagerly anticipating another academic year of excuses and fingerpointing as they started their studies. “I’m sure they’ll blame me for doing bad on the tests.”, said fifth-grader Britney,”My...