SCHENECTADY — A new book outlining the city’s economic resurgence is now available to purchase.
“Metrofix: The Combative Comeback of a Company Town” tells the story of how the city was able to lift itself out of a decadeslong economic spiral into a hub of economic activity it is today.
The 406-page hardcover, written by William Patrick, compiles four years of research, including 135 interviews and thousands of pages worth of research on everything from news articles to legislative records and old meeting minutes.
“I realized what I was writing was a community book,” Patrick said during a press event celebrating the book’s launch Tuesday. “It wasn’t just a history book as it had started, but it was really about the community.”
Patrick said he talked to people from all walks and was surprised at how willing people were to speak about their experiences and the efforts to restore the city.
The story details how aggressive layoffs by General Electric led the city to lose 30,000 residents between 1960 and 2000, and efforts that began in the 1990s to restore the once vibrant “company town.”
Neil Golub, the longtime chairman of Price Chopper/Market 32, acted as a consultant for the book, helping point Patrick in the right direction.
But Golub himself played a major part in the city’s recovery. He was a co-founder of Schenectady 2000, the group that was able to attract local interest in the revitalization of the city.
Golub was also the driving force behind the Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority.
“We were a town that really was in trouble and then we found a way to get back,” he said.
Former Gov. George Pataki was expected to attend Tuesday’s event but canceled due to the death of his brother. Pataki approved the creation of Metroplex in 1998, paving the way for the city’s resurgence.
Patrick, meanwhile, said “Metrofix” provides important insights as the city continues its economic expansion.
“In order to understand where we’re going, it’s necessary to understand where we’ve been,” he said.
“Metrofix” is available to purchase at nine area Price Chopper/Market 32 stores, The Open Door on Jay Street and online at metrofixbook.com.
Price Chopper/Market 32 locations include:
- Schenectady: 1640 Eastern Parkway and 1879 Altamont Ave.
- Niskayuna: 442 Balltown Road
- Glenville: 290 Saratoga Road
- Colonie: 1892 Central Ave.
- Clifton Park: 1018 Route 146 and 15 Park Ave.
- Guilderland: Twenty Mall, Routes 20 and 155
- Latham: Market Bistro: 873 New Loudon Road
Contact reporter Chad Arnold at: 518-410-5117 or [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @ChadGArnold.