Authenticity matters

There was a great column by Maureen Green in Saturday’s Post-Standard that talks about authentic places and why it is so important for Central New York to be true to itself.

She states:

“Let’s identify what makes this community special and expand it with thoughtful preservation and new construction.”

She was talking about Syracuse but we could say the same about Cortland. What do we have that we need to preserve and if new construction is warranted, we should try to make sure that it blends in with the old.

I think a great example is the Clock Tower Building in downtown Cortland. When it tragically burned down several years ago, the community lost a focal point downtown. Thankfully it was rebuilt with another clock tower building that is reminiscent of the original.

We need to keep this in mind for other projects. Do we want our Rt. 281/Rt. 13 corridor to resemble Erie Boulevard in Syracuse or Rt. 13 through Ithaca?

Your comments?

Jan

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