Chris Churchill has a good column in today's Albany Times Union which I can't link to, because it's behind a pay wall and, despite being a subscriber to the dead-tree TU for the past several years, I can't successfully wend my through their registration process so as to be able to read the damn thing online -- example number six trillion in the ongoing, self-defeating death wish of American newspapers.
Anyway, the column is headlined "Troy must not let Lansingburgh slip away," and is about the middle-to-working class neighborhood encompassing the long north end of Troy, and how rising crime and neglect from City Hall have placed it in peril.
The wife and I were in Lansingburgh on Friday, eating good, reasonably priced Italian food at a packed Testo's restaurant, then driving down Fourth Avenue past St. Augustine's church and school on our way to the 112th Street bridge. We crossed the Hudson River into Albany County and Cohoes, where the Rymanowski Brothers Orchestra was giving a free concert. I like polka music and this band, the trumpet and sax sounding out together, with the accordion, guitar and drums. I was encouraged to see a big crowd in downtown Cohoes, a similarly gritty area but one that is pulling itself up by attracting new residents.
Back in Lansingburgh, it seems to me, one thing that needs to be done is save the aforementioned St. Augustine's School (pictured above). One way is to contribute to the Albany Catholic diocese's Beacon of Hope scholarship fund, which allows you to designate the gift for a particular school.