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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!

Everyone...

has got parking on their mind. New plans to address problems in Albany and Saratoga. Honestly, the problems are a lot worse in Albany than in Saratoga. Saratoga's problem is basically a problem for visitors. The tiny downtown can't handle the parking crush of people coming into town. As the business communnity expands, the parking must as well. It used to be only be a problem in August, but it's steadily become a year-round issue.

Albany's problem is a problem for residents. Everyone who considers living downtown has to take into consideration the cost and hassle of parking. In many cases, it keeps them away.
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