The director of Salt would like to thank you

salt shot albany

So, a supporting actor nod for 787?

Said Salt director Phillip Noyce of the action scenes shot in Albany, to NBC:

"Due to excessive pork barreling over the years, the capital of New York has built up the most elaborate freeway system you have ever seen," Noyce said at a screening of the film on Monday night.
There was even "one overpass to nowhere which just stopped," he added with a little surprise. While clearly a symbol of taxpayer waste, Noyce had to admit: "It was really convenient to one (movie) sequence," he said. "It's a tragedy (for taxpayers) but great for filming."

The article goes on to mention that Salt "is impressive in its use of the freeway as a supporting character in one memorable action scene."

The movie opens this Friday.

Earlier on AOA:
+ More Angelina and more Albany
+ That's Angelina and that's Albany

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he's not wrong. throw in the crappy public transportation system, our decaying roads and bridges, a coors light special at the eddie money concert - and he's nailed this area

Far from being an example of waste, the "overpass to nowhere" (which I presume refers to the sudden drop at the end of the Dunn Memorial Bridge) actually represents a victory over the forces of reckless urbanization, which would have divided the city of Rensselaer with a highway right up its middle. That wasn't even what killed the South Mall Expressway -- it was that it was proposed to go underground through Center Square and pop up at Washington Park. Luckily, some important people thought this was a very bad idea.

Yes, and that kept Rensselaer as a vibrant, economically viable metropolis... oh wait.

Anyone remember old versions of SimCity? You could sell roads you didn't want anymore.

787 is a monstrosity, as are all of the arching arteries that twist through the sky like a roller coaster from Robert Moses' wet dreams.

Albany might as well not even have a riverfront, as its impossible to get to and so isolated that there's nothign to do once you're there (absent the 8 nights a year that alive at 5 is going on).

Personally I love the way the highways looks.

I think its a sign of man's triumph over gravity and our ability to make some pretty cool sh*t

I never realized our freeways were so elaborate. If anything, I thought the 1960s/70s design was majorly outdated and kind of embarrassing. Huh. That's what I get for living my entire life in the Albany fishbowl.

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