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Letter: Print nice things about Schenectady

Letter: Print nice things about Schenectady

Dave Heckeler, Schenectady


After reading Steve Williams’ great Aug. 20 Clifton Park article, I would like to ask The Gazette to write a similar positive article about Schenectady.

After spending over 40 years in Boston, Chicago and Reno, we returned to Schenectady to be close to family and quickly learned that the local press was always negative about anything Schenectady. In fact, many locals asked us why we would ever want to live here.

We’ve learned the actual negatives living in Schenectady are few. OK, there are several crime hot-spots, the taxes are a bit higher but not significantly higher than other cities in the Capital District, and we have potholes, most notably on Nott Street. 

The positives? We have found Schenectady to be very safe and convenient, with reasonable housing prices, great restaurants, fun and educational events, a lot of history, and easy access to interstates, shopping, healthcare, Amtrak, New York City and Boston. Constant negativity about Schenectady in the local press has created a longstanding broad stroke of disrespect and a mindset that Schenectady is an unsafe, high tax, loser city.

Writing a positive article about Schenectady won’t be easy. The author will be bucking a longstanding tradition of Schenectady-bashing and will likely receive criticism for going easy on it. 

However, I believe more positive press will go a long way to help a good city and its good people start to set the record straight about Schenectady — the Capital Region’s real hidden gem.  

Dave Heckeler


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