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I just stumbled on the following video posted on youtube. The was produced by Saratoga Associates for the public hearings held last Fall. It presents three different visualizations of the future pedestrian bridge, as well as the new Bridge Street and Riverlink Park.

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For those of you that haven’t visited our beautiful Riverlink Park, you are missing one of Amsterdam’s greatest assets. There are fantastic vistas up and down the river, the cafe is stellar, there are concerts planned for Saturday nights throughout the season, and the park is carefully manicured by an attendant every day. Boats have begun mooring at the docks, sometimes as many as six to eight at a pop, and flowers adorn the gardens and urns along the walkways.

As summer swings into full regalia, we are swinging full-force into completing construction of the second phase of the park. Additional walking paths, decorative lighting, new plantings, and benches will extend all of the way to RT30 bridge. The playground will be relocated and a 12′ x 35′ recreation of the “Painted Rocks”, a significant piece of Amsterdam’s Native American Heritage, will be brought to life on site by internationally-renowned artist, Alice Manzi.

It’s bound to be a facinating time at the park, as we take another step toward realizing the dream of a fully-revitalized waterfront. The following photos document the park in its current state and the beginning of construction.

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Demolitions have begun around the city. We’ve collaborated with county crews to demo properties that no longer serve their purpose as shelter. Three properties have been cleared, seven remediated of asbestos and toxins, and twenty-seven more are slated for the crane this season.

The following photos show the process from start to finish at a property on Hamilton Street. The event was compelling – violent, methodical, and poignant all at once.

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Reconstruction is coming along on Bridge Street. There’s plenty of work to do until the resurfacing happens; substructure work includes new catch basins, manholes, sewer lines and water laterals, as well as placement of light pole bases. This will all happen pretty quickly as Tallum Construction machinery travels up and down the road from the staging site by the river.

Though this construction phase may seem tedious to those that frequent the area, the preliminary work necessary to bring this to life had been amazingly time-consuming and complex. There were countless steps, from surveying, designing, permitting, double checking, confirming, notifiying, approving, bidding, and purchasing to coordinating between state, city, utility companies, residents and business owners. It has taken almost two years since the designs were first delivered to us. I’m relieved to see the street in the apparent disarray it’s in, because it means that in just about a month, the project will be done!

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Campaign handout 6.13.11

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poem

Question

Body my house
my horse my hound
what will I do
when you are fallen

Where will I sleep
How will I ride
What will I hunt

Where can I go
without my mount
all eager and quick
How will I know
in thicket ahead
is danger or treasure
when Body my good
bright dog is dead

How ill it be
to lie in the sky
without roof or door
and wind for an eye

With cloud for shift
how will I hide?

– May Swenson, from Nature: Poems Old and New.
© Houghton Mifflin Company, 1994

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quote

‎”All of us who are concerned for peace and triumph of reason and justice must be keenly aware how small an influence reason and honest good will exert upon events in the political field.”

– Albert Einstein

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