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Over-the-Top Highway

It took sixteen seconds in Governor Cuomo’s 2014 State of the State address to re-awaken a dormant relic of an idea for New York’s North Country. Said […]

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Pedestrians dying disproportionately in poorer neighborhoods

photo New York Times Governing magazine has released a sobering analysis revealing that pedestrian fatalities in American communities are much higher in poorer neighborhoods. The article’s subtitle: “Many cities have made pedestrian safety a priority, but their efforts rarely focus on poorer areas, which have double the fatality rates of wealthier communities.” Read this important piece in Governing 

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Utica, NY: A New Life for Refugees, and the City They Adopted

An interesting article in the NY Times puts a spotlight on Utica, NY as a “refugee magnet” with immigrants transforming this once-fading industrial town. According to Shelly Callahan, executive director of the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees, this population has been an “economic engine for the city, starting small businesses, buying and renovating down-at-the-heels […]

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Dear Albany, I Am Not Stupid

Recently, the City of Buffalo hosted the Congress for New Urbanism, a gathering of 1,300 architects, developers and planners from across the U.S.  It was quite a coup to get the CNU; it usually sets down in growing places. Buffalo is emblematic of our “rust belt” cities.  It has lost sixty percent of its peak […]

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The “end” of New York City?

A New York City-based blog has emerged that laments the transformation of a NYC filled with small, independent businesses to one of chains, franchises, and too much gleam and gentrification. Check out the blog: Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York     

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Urban planner opens downtown Rochester independent grocery

Hart’s Local Grocers is the first full-service downtown grocery store in over twenty years, named fondly after a local market chain that once had 113 stores throughout the city.  The store’s founder and president–an urban planner and economist–believes a surge in interest in downtown area living translates into the need and opportunity for a downtown grocer.  […]

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NYS Transcentral Post July 30, 2014

Every week, Panel of Business Interests member Sam Schwartz Engineering shares with Empire State Future’s readers updates on New York City, State and National transportation issues. Featured      Streetcars Keep Winning Scramble for Federal Mass Transit Funding Roll Call New York MTA Capital Funding Gap Could Mean More Fare, Toll Hikes, Report Says Link […]

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