Worries about Troy's infrastructure, where was the SPD?, Hucktown at Union, new slogan for UAlbany

Troy's city engineer says two recent underground fires are a wake-up call that it's time to start worrying about the city's infrastructure. Over the last week, downtown Troy has seen a gas leak, a manhole-rocketing underground explosion, and another underground fire that caused carbon monoxide to build up in the homes of 40 people. National Grid says it's investigating whether the events are connected. [TU] [Troy Record]

You can add parking to the infrastructure checklist: Troy City Hall's parking garage has been closed because of falling debris. [TU]

The Schenectady police are supposed to have officers patrolling the city's Hamilton Hill neighborhood around the clock. So city officials are asking why there weren't any while while a man was beaten for 20 minutes by a group there Monday morning. [Daily Gazette]

The Albany County legislature is trying to spur the state legislature to keep moving the Albany Convention Center project forward. [TU]

The Schenectady bed and breakfast that hosted the, um, parties for groups of consenting adults is up for sale. [Daily Gazette]

Mike Huckabee encouraged personal responsibility during an appearance at Union College Monday night. The former presidential candidate also described a place called "Hucktown," where hard-working, educated people self govern. [Daily Gazette] [tU]

A student research group from UAlbany has recommended that Saratoga Springs start charging for downtown parking. City officials say it's something they might consider. [Saratogian]

UAlbany unveiled -- with a drum roll -- its new marketing slogan that was $260,000 in the making: The World Within Reach. There was no mention of its grasp. [TU]

Comments

Charging for parking in downtown Saratoga is always a good idea...I am sure it won't cause a rippling effect to park on the surrounding residential streets and it won't upset any neighbors!

Who are these SUNY kids with their genious ideas!

I'm with Amelia on this one; if Saratoga wants a great opportunity to piss off their merchants AND downtown residents at the same time, while fostering resentment of the people that come there to visit, charging for parking sounds like a great idea! Just ask any resident of Center Square how that cunning plan's working in Albany!

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