City must protect architectural legacy
One of my favorite things about the city of Schenectady has always been its rich architectural history and how that has evolved through time.
Neighborhoods that were historically built for GE workers, whether white- or blue collar, were thoughtfully designed and crafted for their owners.
In downtown, your institutional buildings were designed by some of the most influential architects in American history, including McKim, Mead & White, and Schenectady’s own Feibes & Schmitt’s mid-century modern and sculptural designs are considered to be among the most important in New York state history.
Even more modern additions by Michael Roman and JT Pollard retain great interest and remain appropriate to the aging cityscape.
Please tell me then how the lifeless box dropped on the corner of State and Clinton on the site of the old Albany Savings Bank was ever allowed to become a part of this story?
The façade looks to have been built with materials I wouldn’t use to build a doghouse and appears to be falling apart already before the building is even commissioned.
I don’t blame a developer. I blame a planning board for allowing it.
Shame on the city of Schenectady for not realizing the importance, positive or negative, of a building. If this is progress, you can keep it.
SPAC crew outfits disrespect women
I attended a recent concert at SPAC, and as most times, I parked on the Route 50 side using the cross bridge to enter.
Upon entering the parking lot, there is now a $10 fee that was implemented the year of SPAC’s 50th anniversary (Thank you, Live Nation.) The parking lot attendants were young ladies who appeared to be around the age of 16-18 years old and were all dressed in bright red shirts and inappropriately short shorts.
This was shameful and disrespectful to these young women.
I did ask one attendant if this was a required dress code and she replied “Yes, it is.” It is shameful that Live Nation requires these female employees to dress in this manner. It is 2022 and I will pay the $10 parking fee. But Live Nation needs to stop the disrespect of young women.
Liberal media needs to get more balance
If you have listened to or read most news media outlets over the last week, including The Gazette, Times Union and the Associated Press — all left wing biased — you would think that U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin was assaulted with a relatively harmless keychain.
Monroe County sheriffs went along with that bias when the assailant was only charged with attempted assault and promptly released without bail.
Objections by Republicans and conservatives have been portrayed by the likes of John Figliozzi’s (see his comments in the July 24 Gazette “Compared with the Tories, GOP is falling short”) as showing how unprincipled we are.
This “keychain” is actually a deadly self-defense weapon as described on Google: “at first glance (the self-defense cat keychain) looks harmless. It is actually used as a deadly self-defense weapon. It is known as a plastic knuckle duster, falling under the umbrella of brass knuckles. They are illegal in California.”
Beware of the media you listen to and read. The bias is shocking. If you start looking for it, you will see it.
Start to think for yourself. The Gazette and TU could do all of us a favor by printing columns that feature conservative and moderate Republican columnists. You must consider alternative points of view to truly understand an issue.
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