(Re)Imagining Troy winners

downtown Troy from RPI hill Green Island Bridge backgroundThe top 25 ideas from the (Re)Imagining Troy project are now posted online. The Arts Center of the Capital Region, which is sponsoring the project, describes it as "an exhibit that will explore, in creative and practical ways, how Troy can become an even more livable city."

The Arts Center promises that there will be "more details - and a chance to react to the ideas" soon, as well as an event on June 30. But here are a few of the ideas that caught our eye -- ideas that we'd want to hear more about -- with a few thoughts...

Descriptions from the Arts Center. Of course, all of these ideas need to be filled out with additional details.

Jim Lewis: Create the "Collar City Ramble," a "linear park-- a necklace of developed sites, strung together on a pathway for non-motorized transportation."

Parks, bikes, walking? Yes, yes, and yes. Here's a website with more details. It seems like this is the kind of thing that once established could be used as a way to get around town, but also as a way of organizing things -- events, tours, marketing.

Stacey Bridge: Wants businesses to have a presence on both River and Front Street, with those on Front Street integrating with the river front walkways.

Most of the cities and towns in this area don't make use good use of their waterfront, so this could be an interesting idea. It helps that Riverfront Park, adjacent to Front Street, recently got a makeover. (Of course, flooding issues would also have to be considered.)

David Sampson: Thinks we should honor RPI graduate George Washington Ferris, the inventor of the Ferris Wheel, by recreating the Chicago World's Fair Ferris Wheel of 1893, preferably on the waterfront.

This speaks to our inner history nerd. And a Ferris wheel on the waterfront would be a nice landmark. The Record recently spoke with Sampson about the idea.

Barb Nelson: Wants to create a network of public art that reclaims and beautifies neglected space, engages local artists, builds community, attracts visitors, and makes Troy more walkable. These art projects could be murals, sculpture, stained glass, and statuary.

Tony Vellano: Thinks the professional wrestling hall of fame should move from Amsterdam, NY to Troy.

This just sounds fun. Of course, there's the matter of whether the hall wants to move. And Troy might have to jump into the ring for a no-holds-barred match with Amsterdam for it. (Watch out for the folding chair!)

Yep, the Arts Center advertises on AOA.


I LOVE my Troy.

For starters, maybe the city could clarify the parking rules. Was parked in front of the Arts Center late last year but I got a ticket, so downtown Troy isn't high on my list of places to go. I really did not get the signage. I parked because I saw others were already in the same area, with no tickets on their windows, soooo......let this be a lesson to you (and me).

the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame rules. Def a cheap date if your looking for something to do.. and as an FYI its not all WWE stuff the best part is the photos and memoribilia of the real old time wrestlers.
A move to Troy would be sweet.

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