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Feb 18, 2007, 1:24 AM
I recently got ALL of my digital photos in order, and I figured at the least BPG and Lance might find these interesting..
They go back to early 2004, and all the pics I took for that year were on lousy exposable cameras, so excuse the poor quality. Plus back then I was also not a very good photographer..
Done - August '05
Feb 18, 2007, 1:34 AM
Feb 18, 2007, 3:51 AM
Albany is an impressive city. I was there in 2002.
Feb 18, 2007, 3:57 AM
Ah nice, man. Hopefully we can have a round two sometime next year.
Feb 18, 2007, 5:01 AM
Hopefully, but you're going to have to carry most of load, since I'm in Albany barely 4 weeks a year now.
And the last of what I took within the past 3 years-
The two new courts
Late December '04
August 6th '05
the new State garage, from the same day (there's daddy's car!)
Remember this disaster?
And the new "Gen*NY*Sis Center for Excellence in Cancer Genomics" at SUNYA's East Campus in East Greenbush
late December '04
Feb 18, 2007, 6:12 AM
Wow; Great thread! Love that 677 Broadway; Also that is a cool genomics building. I love modern.
Feb 18, 2007, 6:52 PM
The genomics building is nice, but two things: 1, I absolutely hate how they put the loading docks right there at the most visible and architecturally flashy corner of the building, not to mention that they left that basement level unfinished (not that I have anything against bare concrete, but when the rest of the structure is cladd, it just looks cheap); and 2, it's nice today, but something tells me it won't age well.
Also, check out in the December '04 picture of the genomics building how you can see the skyline in the rear view mirror. I never noticed it until just now.. cool!
Another point: I never refer to my father as "daddy." Good Lord would I never call him that.. I was poking fun at a sort-of friend of mine.
Lastly, I found these intersting images on SUNYA's library site:
Rendering from 1963. Is that a stadium in the upper right?
The site in 1962, when it was still the Albany Country Club. Note how Washington Ave goes right into a straightforward cloverleaf interchange with the Northway. I never knew it was like that before
And the site in 1970, Washington Ave Ext and I-90 complete
Feb 18, 2007, 10:07 PM
Great pictures, thanks for posting those. I am pretty disappointed these days to see the lack of activity in downtown as far as construction, we had a good 10 years or so, but it's dried up a lot since 677 opened. I'm still very skeptical of these residential developments near downtown, but I'm game for any activity at this point.
On a totally different topic, I remember at our meetup it was just after that fire that gutted two old homes off of Madison, and I am amazed that it's now two years on and there's been no rehabbing on those done. I live in center square, and at this point almost every building in the Willet/Washington/Swan/Madison square is fixed up and occupied.
Feb 19, 2007, 12:47 AM
I think we need a change in City Hall. Just a general feeling that something is amiss. The mismanagement of this snowstorm is a perfect example, especially with the poor attitude towards resident and towing of vehicles. There is plenty going on in Troy. Schenectady is also moving along. No reason that the central city in the region should not be experiencing significantly more development than either. The convention center project is really f-ing stuff up downtown. That land has been tied up for how many years now? Hopefully all these proposed developments pan out, but there seems to be little effort to improve the adjacent neighborhoods or incorporate them into any kind of plan. I'm really speculating here, but Lance you bring up a really good point.
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