Saturday, July 13, 2024

Wheelchair Gauntlet


 There's even less room when people are sitting down.

The Americans with Disabilities Act was passed in 1990.

New Addition


What's with this new railing?  Slope leading to street too steep?

Friday, June 21, 2024

Flood Factor

© 2024 Luke T Bush


Yesterday some shops along Margaret Street were flooded out during a torrential downpour.  I've lived in the downtown area for decades and have never seen such flooding. 



Some shops ended up with saturated carpets.  One business operating out of a basement spot had its ceiling cave in according to one shop owner.  The shop owner also noted that most businesses don't have flood insurance because a deluge like yesterday has never happened downtown.

Last year downtown renovations included the streets and sidewalks.  Some people are blaming improper street grading for the flooding.


As part of the renovations slopes were added to the sidewalks for accessing the streets.  The accompanying photo shows a wide and steep ramp way that must have made it easy for rainwater to gush into the street.  Level sidewalks wouldn't cause the rainwater to concentrate and flow so quickly.

Not everything can be blamed on climate change.

(Flood images from the Facebook group Save Durkee Street Parking Lot.)

Friday, May 17, 2024

City Controversy


By Luke T. Bush


This evening citizen activists gathered at city hall before a public hearing, sharing their opposing view on a proposed downtown redevelopment.

The plan would use $2.5 million in funds from the Restore NY Communities Initiative to convert the empty Key Bank building at 2 Brinkerhoff Street into a hotel.

One demonstrator held up a sign that read:

Just say NO to 2 Brinkerhoff. The public demands transparency on the selection process.”

There was also included a quoted post by Garry Douglas, President/CEO of the North Country Chamber of Commerce:

GF Douglas   Top Contributor   Restore NY offers potential partial funding to help make projects taking on the higher cost and risk of redeveloping historic buildings economically feasible. The concept for the Key Bank building came forward just before the pandemic and has happily come back to life.”

An activist, Iris Cain, stated the post was deleted from Facebook.

The transparency issue was one reason the proposal was voted down that evening. Councilor Elizabeth Gibbs said the council hadn’t been included in the grant application discussions.

Also there might have been the appearance of a conflict of interest regarding the mayor and his landlord. The real estate company behind the proposal owns the building that houses Chapter One cafe. Mayor Chris Rosenquest is co-owner of the business. He stated he would have recused himself from the process if there was a problem.


Saturday, March 09, 2024

Spring Behind One Hour?


An item from today's Press Republican newspaper:

 This item looked familiar.  Then I remembered (from March 10, 2012):

 Highest standards of journalistic excellence.