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Editorial: DOT must do more about lost bridge view

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We’re pleased to learn that the eastward view from the Western Gateway Bridge between Schenectady and Scotia is going to be preserved. But that view-killing solid concrete wall on the western side, the prettier side, still rankles. It should never have happened — and wouldn’t have if aesthetics and scenic vistas had been properly valued by the state Department of Transportation, or if the public had had a chance to see the design before construction ...

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drbelli
September 12, 2013
10:09 a.m.

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The problem is right there in writing..."Someone at the agency actually thought a solid concrete wall would look better..." The problem with some of these ranking individuals is they most often think with the wrong part of their body.

biwemple
September 12, 2013
11:42 a.m.

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Solid wall on western side is already proving to be a nice canvas for the graffiti.

Santino
September 12, 2013
12:47 p.m.

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As others have already said, drivers should be paying attention to their driving and not the "pretty views" of the river and surrounding area. Pedestrians should have no problems with obstructed views. The solution is simple. Leave the concrete wall alone and find some other cause more worthy of your editorial attention. Say like, gangs, abandoned buildings, out of control taxes, excessive pensions, etc.

dan
September 12, 2013
1:26 p.m.

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Other people besides drivers ride in cars. Crossing the bridge regularly as a kid really made me appreciate the beauty of the Mohawk River. That wouldn't have happened if there were a concrete wall blocking the view.

gina99
September 14, 2013
8:18 a.m.

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Another job by County planner Ray Gillen. Don't ask him any questions either. He was too busy not bringing any retail to Schenectady County?

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