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With Habitat, rebuilding the neighborhood

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Everybody knows Habitat for Humanity as the organization that uses volunteers to build houses for the poor. But it has become more than that in recent years, adopting a holistic approach to revitalizing neighborhoods. Schenectady’s North Side will be the beneficiary this coming Saturday, as Habitat will be marshaling volunteers for a neighborhood cleanup there. The North Side was once everything a neighborhood should be: quiet streets, well-kept homes (many with vegetable gardens), friendly neighbors ...

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July 15, 2013
8:01 a.m.

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Northside is like every other City neighborhood. Record City and County property taxes have driven out neighborhood businesses and middle class homeowners. The neighborhood business district has been replaced by nonprofits and store front churches. No wonder revenues are plummeting. A good program but fundamental change is desperately needed in City Hall and the County Building.