To The Editor:
We moved to Ogdensburg for six months out of the year after living in Clayton for 19 years. We moved to help a friend, and were prepared to bite the bullet lifestyle wise for the friends sake.
We love Ogdensburg, and have never been so happy. We dont know whose feelings we may be hurting, but the burgs PR is not good enough. This is a wonderful community many of whose residents dont even believe it, and a big secret to outsiders. This is an outsiders look:
The retail environ here is superb for any walk of life. Price Chopper, Lowes, Walmart, Tractor Supply, Tim Hortons, Stewarts; not to mention great electrical and plumbing supply houses. Pretty comprehensive.
We dont know if it is a continuing thing, but road and street repair is outstanding with profiling and repaving done expertly.
People are friendly and helpful as is typical of north country towns. Love it.
Taxis are great for a small city. Folks may be partying a little too much but at least they have reasonable taxis and the sense to take them.
The Remington Museum needs no further mention. Great asset.
Many beautiful homes interrupted by places in serious need of repair. Wherever the money came from paving programs, grants are needed for painting and siding of many residences. The economy is not good enough to expect much improvement without help, but fixing these places is going to be the single most important image helper for the city.
Unused commercial building need to be fixed up or demolished. Places like the old cheese factory are blights on the landscape, especially in sight of the rivers.
The Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority may be the greatest thing but the amount of unused river frontage they have has to be a huge burden on the tax base.Without any knowledge, it appears they dont do enough business to support their infrastructure.Maybe they are brown fields; we dont know. But something different needs to be done with some of that land including a cleanup if necessary.
People need to buck up! This is a great place. Do your part to make it better and be proud of where you live. We certainly are. No malaise allowed.
Naturally, I am missing a lot of details and have only lived here two months. There are more wonderful things I havent mentioned and I am sure there are some roadblocks. There should be no roadblock to proper promotion however and when we see a nice brochure on the Seaway Festival with the wrong web address printed in it, it gives one the impression that new brooms are needed in important positions.
P.S. I dont know how I forgot to mention the wonderful walking/biking trail along the Oswegatchie. We use it daily and the improvements in cutting the brush to make it more visible are terrific.That facility alone is enough to draw folks to the city.
Also, one would hope that some downtown specialty shops could make it as the city becomes better promoted.Those with the walking path could be a major attraction.
Joanne and Ted Zoli