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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!

Colonie plans it out...

Blue Sky Mining: The town of Colonie adopted its comprehensive plan last night. I actually went to the town website and read the plan. Next week, I'm going to go through the whole thing and have a serious discussion of it. But for now, a few first impressions:

thought #1: Not a bad town website. Who knew! [it gets 215 hits a day, that's the same as you -ed. Yeah, but my readers are the movers and shakers. Of what? -ed. I'm not sure. Nevermind.] Definitely a solid B+ for content, although the web design could definitley use the advice of - how should i say this - someone more interested in aesthetics. Not that I'm complaining! P.S. How about those GIS maps of Colonie? Very fun.

thought #2: A 94-page plan? That seems a little long-winded. But hey - it's actually an easy read. Better yet, it mostly makes sense. Again, who knew! And they weren't kidding when they said comprehensive. They studided towns in Tennessee!

thought #3: My favorite part of the report - from a design perspective - is the goofy pictures of the CDTA bus and the Colonie cop car on page 9 and 17, respectively. It's stuff like that that makes me enjoy going through town comprehensive plans. I mean, who decided that was a good idea? Let's spruce up our dead-serious plan for economic growth in the town by adding some local clip-art that makes it look like a science fair project. Works for me - i like keeping it light.

thought #4: It's not going to be as easy to discuss this thing as I first thought - they put it in .pdf form! They must know about bloggers going "cut and paste" crazy on this sort of stuff - [you're too layz to just re-write the text? -ed. Apparently they know about that stereotype of bloggers as well. What a journalist. -ed. Hey - they get paid over at the TU.]

Coming next week: a serious discussion of the plan.
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