A tree for the forest

From a recent letter to the editor at the Times Union: Dianne O'Neill, a Ten Broeck Triangle property owner, argues that St. Joe's "may indeed have to come down" for the sake of the neighborhood. "Let's not destroy the forest for the sake of one tree." Earlier: No brewery for St. Joe's -- so now what?

Comments

There are a few others in the neighborhood who have the same position; although very few will publicly say it. Basically, there are a lot of older residents who want nothing to change, and if that means the building comes down, then so be it. Sure they might say they want to find "alternative uses," but then they are there ready to shoot down any viable idea out of hand, because it would take parking or make noise.

Even though I strongly disagree with the writer of this letter, I applaud her intellectual integrity. In the end there are really only two choices for the neighbors: either you recognize that the neighborhood's life will have to change to preserve the building, or you admit that you care more about the neighborhood's life than the building, and thus you'd rather just have it come down.

There is no sense in the neighbors continuing to talking about what they want for the building, like they get to pick. You can't have your cake and eat it too, and as the sooner everyone comes to grips with that reality the sooner we can really figure out what should be "done next."

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

Rezone Albany: UAlbany downtown corridor

Here are the details for those upcoming public events that are part of the Rezone Albany focus on the downtown UAlbany campus corridor. The events... (more)

What's up in the Neighborhood

Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: OK Slip, botanical finds, the Pine Bush Sprint Triathalon, the Boilermaker,... (more)

Four casseroles and a funeral

Noted: Funeral homes in New York State may now offer snacks and non-alcoholic drinks, thanks to recently signed legislation. Why was it banned previously? Maybe... (more)

Suggestions for youth soccer programs?

Sean emails: Are any of your readers familiar with the youth soccer programs in the Capital District? We live in Albany and are looking for... (more)

Morning Blend

Dems nominate Hillary Clinton History was made at the Democratic Convention on Tuesday when former First Lady, NY Senator, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton... (more)

Recent Comments

This is certainly a missed opportunity. How does this convey "welcome" "healing" or "pediatrics"? It's got the same aesthetic (and one can infer design values) as the AMC parking structures, Cogen, cvs, and offices. Did they even hire an architect? Come on Albany. Demand more from this institution. The bar has been too low for too long and their footprint grows and grows.

Suggestions for youth soccer programs?

...has 5 comments, most recently from Sean

CDTA Navigator

...has 7 comments, most recently from jakefromstatefarm

Morning Blend for Jul 27

...has 1 comment, most recently from ace

Blackened Fish Po'Boy at Hooked Seafood Co.

...has 1 comment, most recently from Karen

Today's moment of summer

...has 2 comments, most recently from Greg