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Old July 31st, 2012, 12:10 PM   #81
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Very nice pics; Schenectady does indeed look in better economical shape than Amsterdam.

I very much like US architecture of the first half of the 20th century.
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Old July 31st, 2012, 10:28 PM   #82
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Very nice pics; Schenectady does indeed look in better economical shape than Amsterdam.

I very much like US architecture of the first half of the 20th century.
Agreed.

Another very interesting thread
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Old July 31st, 2012, 10:59 PM   #83
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I like brick buildings in general so the downtown of this city isn't bad at all. some places are empty but imagine, oh my, they even a little pedestrian shopping street

It looks well kept, although like a lot of places, empty. I don't know how much inhabitants it has but I live in a town of 40.000 people. If you are interested 600 WEST I have pictured every corner of the city center, you can find it in my nickname. You'll see as well that towns in Belgium suffer from to much suburbia ( cars flood the city and the central market square is a big parking lot)...but are still vibrant.
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Old August 1st, 2012, 04:32 PM   #84
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I like brick buildings in general so the downtown of this city isn't bad at all. some places are empty but imagine, oh my, they even a little pedestrian shopping street

It looks well kept, although like a lot of places, empty. I don't know how much inhabitants it has but I live in a town of 40.000 people. If you are interested 600 WEST I have pictured every corner of the city center, you can find it in my nickname. You'll see as well that towns in Belgium suffer from to much suburbia ( cars flood the city and the central market square is a big parking lot)...but are still vibrant.
Your city looks a LOT more interesting than Schenectady

I think Schenectady has about 50 0r 60 thousand inhabitents in the city proper with more in the surrounding suburbs.

Yes, one good thing about quiet downtowns is the rents become very cheap so some interesting stores will move in that are really nice but could't afford high rents. In one picture here I think you can see a bit of an art craft store. So that is one positive effect. It did look like they were fixing this up so it should get better in the future. Plus the GE factory is actually finally expanding rather than laying people off.
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Old August 1st, 2012, 07:17 PM   #85
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Well that's positive! I surely hope that the new workers will chose the city center to live in and not some new build suburb
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Old August 2nd, 2012, 01:58 AM   #86
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I next took some shots of the big General Electric complex here. Unfortunately you can't go inside as it is a gated off area. But you can see some of it, and there are other old historical GE buildings that are not in the complex.

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Schenectady is where Thomas Edison founded General Electric and still houses its power turbine division. by 600West218, on Flickr

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This was an old General Electric building that was outside the main complex.

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The complex had hundreds of buildings at one time and around 50,000 employees. by 600West218, on Flickr

I guess the Dopler Radar that we all see on the nightly weather forecasts was developed here.

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The main entrance of the complex.

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An old GE building. by 600West218, on Flickr

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They even have their own exit on the highway.

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I tried to zoom in and take a couple shots of the industrial buildings inside the complex.

The only thing they still make here are turbines for power plants.

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One of the large assembly buildings on at the GE site.

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It is a pretty long and massive building.

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They did actually have a TV commercial (by a beer company!!) about them at last years Superbowl, so that is pretty high profile.




I then went to the other side of town, but not too far, maybe 2 miles, where they had an old train locomotive factory.

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This belonged to the American Locomotive Company which was the largest locomotive manufacturer in the United States and had a long history here going back to the steam locomotives in the late 1800s.

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It shut down completely in the 1960s. The reasons were interesting. When locomotives changed from steam to diesel-electric in the early 20th century ALCO partnered with their neighbor from across town to build electric motors. That is, all ALCO locomotives used General Electric electrical equipment. This went on happily for decades but then GE noticed that building locomotives seemed to be a profitable business and decided to start building them themselves, which they still do today in Erie Pennsylvannia. They then refused to sell electrical equipment to ALCO which effectively put them out of business.

Thanks GE! (Not)

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In the next installment we'll leave the industrial stuff behind and show some residential areas.

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Old August 2nd, 2012, 12:39 PM   #87
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Would this be where they manufactured the Big Boy? Those locomotives were incredible.
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Old August 2nd, 2012, 06:41 PM   #88
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Would this be where they manufactured the Big Boy? Those locomotives were incredible.
Yup, they did build that in Schenectady:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/America...motive_Company
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Old August 4th, 2012, 05:47 AM   #89
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Next I went to one of Schenectady's older residential areas that is still fairly well kept.

It is of Dutch origin and many of the buildings are, by US standards, quite old.

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The old Stockade district of Schenectady which was settled by the Dutch around 1750. by 600West218, on Flickr

I think their house needs a trim :-)

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Can't say if I like or dislike that house. It is impressive. But it also seems a bit creepy.

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Buildings like this dated to the late 1700s by 600West218, on Flickr

This is a neat and very old looking home but it would be good if they could do something about all those power and telephone lines.

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The Yates house by 600West218, on Flickr

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You can see this house is from 1750

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Old August 4th, 2012, 07:28 AM   #90
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Great photos!
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Old August 5th, 2012, 03:45 PM   #91
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Nice pictures! Very Nice area. If would live in this city, that neighborhood would be where I would live. Nice to see that people do efford in maintaining those houses well. This area is 100times better than the downtown
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Old August 5th, 2012, 06:29 PM   #92
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Yes, it is nice. It is pretty affluent and there is a college not to far from there - Union College so there are a fair number of students that live there.

The name of the area is the Stockade District and it has a Wilkipedia entry here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stockade_Historic_District
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