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

The Albany metro fares well compared to other large metros for pedestrian deaths -- but there's room to improve

The Albany metro is one of the nation's safter large metros in terms of pedestrian deaths, according to analysis out this month by Smart Growth... (more)

Albany Craft Beer Week and Festival 2017

There's an Albany Craft Beer Week planned for April 17-23, with an Albany Craft Beer Festival on April 22 at the Washington Ave Armory. The... (more)

Inclusionary housing

Over at The Alt, there's an op/ed from former Albany Common Council member Dominick Calsolaro about efforts to get an affordable housing provision included in... (more)

Trey Anastasio at Troy Music Hall

Trey Anastasio is lined up to play a show at the Troy Music Hall March 10. Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 27 at... (more)

Tom Kha at Celadon Thai

Exit 6 off the Northway is a surprising culinary destination in the Capital Region. Not hip by any means, nor safely walkable, there are unexpected... (more)

Recent Comments

Next: Translate this into political action, candidate support, and voting -- at the local, state, and national levels.

Voting "nay"

...has 3 comments, most recently from Stan

Photos from the "Inaugurate Resistance" march and rally in Albany

...has 23 comments, most recently from Chris

The 1975 at Glens Falls Civic Center

...has 1 comment, most recently from Patel

A good contractor for installing a fence?

...has 9 comments, most recently from Sandra

Messages from the "Inaugurate Resistance" march and rally in Albany

...has 2 comments, most recently from JB