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Op-ed column: Schenectady must find way to shine beyond downtown

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What are the responsibilities of a city? Cities are defined merely by population and type of ruling government, but it varies from state to state. That being said, there doesn’t seem to be a common conception of what role a city should play in the lives of its residents. This takes us to the city of Schenectady, which is home to roughly 66,000 residents over a span of 10.78 square miles. According to the U.S. ...

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August 12, 2012
12:40 p.m.

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See, also, Schenectady set to take hundreds of properties at once, at

How would the city have been different if it had spent Metroplex money to create businesses and sustain homeowners rather than cater to the middle class and arts?

August 12, 2012
12:42 p.m.

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Arts are the province of elites, should not receive public funding

August 13, 2012
8:26 p.m.

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Arts and middle class is not the issue. The city will shine when the county stops importing welfare recipients from all over the state then housing them in the city of Schenectady.

Fact: Other counties social service workers tell people who come to them to go to Schenectady DSS for easier access to services cash and housing. Then even though these people have never lived in Schenectay or Schenectady County before they are given entitlements and a new place to call home. All on city and county taxpayers dime.

Why do we stand for this and complain about the arts?