Flippin' Amsterdam Blog

The BIGS

Suddenly,  I’m addicted to the NBA playoff series. So rather than soapboxing on the usual stuff, I’m more inclined to talk pick-and-rolls and zones. Not sure how that all happened but there it is. So if you want to weigh in on the Heat/Celtics game...

Budget Kabuki 2012

I see the misinformers and demagogues are out in full swing now given the release of the city of Amsterdam budget numbers. Remember kids, their intent is not to simplify or clarify the budget process but to muddy it and to leverage it for political...

Breaking: Spring Fling Event Readies for Protest

(FP) May 18, 2012 (Amsterdam, NY) While the weather promises warmth and sunlight, Spring Fling organizers prepared for a wave of protests organized by KLULESS4EVER — Keep Amsterdam Lifeless Forever. The Spring Fling organizers hope to bring a myriad of vendors and music to what...

Outside

I harp a lot on strategies and ideologies that are wrongheaded, misguided and numerous other pejoratives in terms of how we perceive and position the city. Let me switch gears here to emphasize the flip point — what should we do to position, differentiate and...

Chalmers: Now What?

I happened to catch Mayor Thane on the local airwaves this AM and as fate would have it, the topic turned to Chalmers. Paraphrasing here but the demolitionist-par-excellence host gushed something to the effect of: “Congratulations Mayor, Chalmers looks great!” What followed from Mayor Thane...

Walk This Way

An interesting set of maps and statistics on walkability by city.  For our fair city, it ranks 304th for walkability in cities of 10K to 27.9K in population out of 1000 cities. Overall, that means it’s in the top 30%. Let me point out the...