Flippin' Amsterdam Blog

Say Something Good

I read that the City of Amsterdam has hired a marketing firm to help brand the city and craft a new slogan to replace the current “One Community Many Cultures”. I wrote this piece about the productization of Amsterdam so let me pick up on...

Financial Self-Parody

If you recall, the board adopted a tough minded position against the Walter Elwood Museum on two financial issues: the unwillingness to spend money to remediate the bats and the unwillingness to put the vote to a public referendum as it would cost $7000. Today...

Piling On

The Daily Gazette minces few words on the GASD’s Walter Elwood Museum decision in their editorial “Amsterdam school district gets ‘F’ for handling of museum matter”

The Edsel City

The Ford Edsel is considered one of the most famous product failures in American business history. On the other hand, the Apple iPod is considered a smashing product success. While the products and eras are apples and oranges (I’m sooo witty), the underlying reason for...

A Done Deal

While today’s Recorder article , “Future of museum undecided “, quotes a board member as  characterizing the board’s position as (paraphrasing) “exploring alternatives” with the Walter Elwood Museum, I’m not buying it. If alternatives were on the table, I’m curious as to why the school...

Pass the Prozac

Once again, another issue gets framed by the GASD as emotional. In yesterday’s Recorder, GASD President, Gina DeRossi used the term “emotional” to describe the situation at the Walter Elwood Museum.(I apologize but I can’t locate the specific article name) I think there must be...

A Dizzying Decision

I’m not surprised that the GASD opted to sell the Walter Elwood Museum building (Daily Gazette article here). As I’ve posted, the signals from the GASD over the past few weeks made the intention quite clear. What’s dizzying is the underlying ‘rationale’ for the decision....

I’m Offended

From yesterday’s Recorder article  “Doors still closed to museum employees” by FRANCINE D. GRINNELL: …as board member James *Walrath* put it “Our liability ended when we closed that building. We had no choice, contrary to what the press said. We closed the building, not the...

Lemons and Lemonade Redux

I was a bit surprised at this statement by Supt Perillo (from the Daily Gazette here): Perillo said he would be willing to verify the situation to help the museum retain its funding and so future funding isn’t affected. “I want to see the museum...