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Editorial: Stockade sidewalk-about

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Whether it’s a dock, sidewalks or most anything else, residents of Schenectady’s Stockade tend to have strong opinions. And they were entirely right in condemning the city’s act of environmental vandalism two years ago when it chopped down some majestic old trees on North Ferry Street while repaving the street and redoing the sidewalks there. It was a major mistake, compounded by the fact that the city didn’t consult people in the neighborhood before doing ...

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June 26, 2010
9:16 a.m.

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Nobody walks on the side walks in Schenectady anymore. Every time you see somebody walking they are walking in the street. Might as well not waste the money.

June 27, 2010
2:02 p.m.

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The reason so many walk on the streets is the poor condition of the sidewalks. Car tires and suspension systems are a lot more durable than peoples' feet and joints ... but if the roadways were ever in the deplorable condition one finds the sidewalks, the outcry from motorists would be deafening. Even sometimes when the sidewalk looks fine from the comfortable seat of a car, the reality is that uneven and cracked surfaces make walking diffucult, if not unhealthy and dangerous.

I would invite "gentiluomo" or anyone sharing his opinion to walk (with me) the 3+ miles I do everyday - I'll even modify my schedule to coincide with theirs.