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Pursue effort to update plan

January 13, 2013

Gloversville Mayor Dayton King is right to call for an overhaul of the city’s comprehensive plan....

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Jan-13-13 8:02 PM

How about this for a master plan? Evryone gets a membership at the YMCA and learns how to tread water while they wait for the ship to come in. But guess what, there is no ship coming in, only a few leaky life rafts and floating debris to cling onto from past days of prosperity. And its the same in every rusty mill town in upstate NY.

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Jan-13-13 5:17 PM

In order to get people downtown instead of out on Rt. 30A they need reason to be downtown. Both "cities" J'town and G'ville, have plenty of vacancy, and the businesses that are there aren't open when thw working people could be around. Are they open during parades or any other downtown evening activity???? Why was there no effort to pursuade Applebee's to renovate a down town property rather than build a new place on 30A?? OK that's old stuff. But that is the kind of ideas that need to be discussed. Dictate hours of operation,like the malls do. Without a major change of mindset. It's all smoke, the area is too broke to afford the mirrors.

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Jan-13-13 2:22 PM

So true Solarguy, retail is great as a support industry but we need more in the way of production to get a foothold on progress. One problem is the heavy tax load makes it impossible to get industrial plants without huge tax breaks. With those breaks a lot of the advantages evaporate. So keep raising the taxes until we can afford to give out tax breaks to the mega corporations... catch 22?

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Jan-13-13 12:13 PM

The local community will only support a minimal amount of retail growth and as that transpires other establishments will close their doors. Our working population is not experiencing growth and we continue to fight over the same nickel. We are a small community and it would be productive to accept that fact and stop wasting what could be positive energy on trying to protect our turf and stop pretending that we are in expansion. There are many who will point to route 30 on the way to Amsterdam as positive growth, but please remember that Amsterdams inner neighborhoods and downtown continue to die and in many ways we are following the same path.

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Jan-13-13 10:01 AM

Gloversville has long made it a priority no to have a master plan. That guarantees that the leaders cannot easily be shown how they have failed to meet their charge.

Mayor King's recent call for a short-sighted comprehensive plan is another demonstration of this inability to perform his elected duties. At least he is consistent.

It can be argued that a master plan is needed, but it cannot be the minor effort that Mayor King is proposing. Also, to be effective, it needs to be developed by a party outside of the region who are not part of the "inner circle" of the city's leaders.

In reality, the proper next step for Gloversville would be for dissolution as a city (since based on the every declining population, they fail to meet the legal standard for a city) and be reformed as a village.

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