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Kicked to the curb by Amsterdam hoops ban

A game of pickup basketball was played on John Street in Amsterdam last Tuesday. The city recently passed an ordinance banning basketball games on city streets.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
A game of pickup basketball was played on John Street in Amsterdam last Tuesday. The city recently passed an ordinance banning basketball games on city streets.
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J.R. Ramos, 18, set his feet on the asphalt, basketball firmly in his hands. Before the defender could rush over with a hand to his face, Ramos launched the ball at the hoop that was facing him and the street. “Swish!” his teammate said as the ball glided through. Neighbors watched from their front porch as music played in the background, and Ramos grinned before setting up the next play like it was Game 7 ...

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katrzaskos
August 5, 2014
9:25 a.m.

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Very slanted article. You do not show any photos of individuals refusing to move out of the way of vehicles that want to pass by, or individuals taunting passing vehicles. The Common Council was right on with this ordinance.

jerryrock
August 5, 2014
11:16 a.m.

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According to the CDC "In 2010, nearly one in every five children between the ages of 5 and 9 who were killed in traffic crashes was a pedestrian." This is about traffic safety. NYS passed a law stating all children under the age of 14 must wear a helmet while riding a bicycle. Has it changed anything? Do you still see kids riding bicycles without helmets? This modification of an existing ordinance has been blown way out of proportion by local media. If you do your research you will find similar ordinances enacted all over our country. It is a protective measure, not punitive. There are plenty of parks and school yards off the streets where kids can safely play basketball. The group Wishful Thinking was founded in Amsterdam at the former Bacon School to give the kids a place to play basketball and keep them off the streets. the modified ordinance did have a positive effect. It had the city administration and recreation department scrambling to repair/replace existing basketball facilities in our parks! My advice to the scofflaws mentioned in the article, get some exercise and walk to one of our many parks and recreation facilities!

Nell
August 5, 2014
4:17 p.m.

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The council that passed this new regulation outlawing basketball playing in the streets did it because the ones mostly playing in the streets are MINORITIES ! Plain and simple- just one more way of discrimination. Ms. Hasenbeuler did NOT introduce this out of concern for "children's " safety- no one in recent years has been hit while playing basketball in the streets that I know of- the kids are not playing in the main arteries coming in or going out of the city! This new regulation needs to be cancelled out completely!!!!

jerryrock
August 5, 2014
8:45 p.m.

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Get your facts straight, it is an ordinance modifying the Streets and Sidewalks code. It is not targeting any social or ethnic class. It was passed by a super-majority of the Common Council who directly represent the citizens of Amsterdam. We should NOT be encouraging or endorsing our children to play in the streets. There are enough recreational facilities for the kids to play in. Wake up and realize the real issues in Amsterdam are being ignored.Our finances are in shambles, two factories just announced they will be closing putting hundreds out of work and people want to whine about an ordinance designed to keep our streets safe for everyone, not just children. "Legislative intent: Playing basketball on or near city streets present a traffic hazard and the City desires to prohibit the use,construction, maintenance of basketball equipment whether movable or immovable on city streets and sidewalks and to prohibit the positioning of basketball equipment in such a way that play will occur on city streets or sidewalks."

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