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Losing a piece of Amsterdam’s history (with photo gallery)

Chalmers Mill to be demolished, was vital part of textile industry

The Chalmers Mill complex in Amsterdam, as seen from the north bank of the Mohawk River.
The Chalmers Mill complex in Amsterdam, as seen from the north bank of the Mohawk River.
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Amsterdam will soon say goodbye to the Chalmers Knitting Mill, a massive brick and concrete complex that represents the city’s last major textile operation, built at a time when Amsterdam ranked second in the nation for producing knitted goods. Though abandoned and derelict for a generation, the mill for decades played a major role in the livelihood of the South Side neighborhood over which it towers. In the early years, most employees walked to work ...


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irene58
January 16, 2011
3:14 p.m.

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If the governor is serious about wasteful spending, he'll put a stop to that stupid bridge as soon as possible. There are at least 100 ways that money could be better spent.

bsmaven
January 19, 2011
1:15 p.m.

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So spending $1.75 million to knock down a piece of amsterdam's history is a smart use of money? Next up will probably be city hall. Just keep knocking down more historical assets. The chalmers building looks better falling down than every new building that's gone up. Why don't they put city government in that grand mall downtown, there's a way to save money. Think they will put the mall on a postcard like the chalmers building or the sanford mansion? Think the empty lot that will replace the chalmers will go on a postcard? Talk about stupid.

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