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Oh, SmAlbany!

Daily posts and occasional longer essays about politics, culture, and life in the Capital Region...updated M-F, midmorning


"I write this not as a booster of Albany, which I am, nor an apologist for the city, which I sometimes am, but rather as a person whose imagination has become fused with a single place, and in that place finds all the elements that a man ever needs..." -W. Kennedy, from O Albany!

"Trail of Trash"

Yesterday, the TU reported on the joyous SUNY graduation. Today they take a slightly different angle - the garbage angle:
It's a rite of spring in Albany as thousands of students begin their exodus from apartments throughout the so-called "student ghetto" in the Pine Hills neighborhood. Armed with a camera, Kornegay took a picture of each offending refuse heap in front of now-vacant apartments.

For some residents, like Charles Buck Sr., the mess is intolerable and starts building up shortly after students arrive in the fall. "There aren't supposed to be any dumps in city limits," said the 95-year-old Buck, as he surveyed back yards of student-rented apartments littered with broken furniture and assorted boxes and bottles from the rear of his Ontario Street home.
Point #1: Charles Buck Sr. has got to be the most dry-witted 95-year-old ever.

Point #2: Nevetheless, he's correct. All college students are slobs, but SUNY is aggregious.
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