Dreaming in three dimensions

I don’t intend for this to become a transportation blog, but seriously, even such a modest uptick in commercial shipping on the Erie Canal becomes vastly more interesting when you throw Oswego’s future container port into the mix, and then Fault Lines adds Griffiss Park to the vision:

Griffiss IS a port, with the potential to be a very good one. . . . for cargo. It has not only rail and highway connections, but it’s on the Erie canal. Dropping “air” from “airport” allows for the intermodal nature of Griffiss: it can be a rail port, highway port, and canal port all at once. Calling it a “port” also suggests its importance for cargo (which I think is the only niche this airport will successfully fit into) without limiting it to cargo. Anyway, that’s my 2 cents: Griffiss Port. Simple, honest, and a name that can be grown into. . . and bought into by all of Central New York.

The gathering economic clouds don’t have too many silver linings, but one of them may be this: We might start paying a little less attention to Richard Florida-type schemes, which presuppose the existence of easy leisure-spending cash that it’s now clear that most Americans don’t have, and in which college students and others on top of the creative career food chain ride in and save the day while the “uneducated” classes serve them coffee. And we might start paying a little more attention on economic fundamentals, like dignified jobs with living wages that high school graduates might get (and can’t get right now). Granted, that too is a pipe dream (especially the “living wage” part). But as long as we’re pipe-dreaming, we might as well dream comprehensively.

One Reply to “Dreaming in three dimensions”

  1. A container port for Oswego is a great idea, and takes advantage of a natural asset.

    There are many possibilities for prosperity in Upstate New York, if only they could be viewed in Albany through the lens of Upstaters rather than Downstaters (who control both houses of government).

    Upstate and Downstate worked together to produce the Empire State . . . and prosperity for all . . . up until the mid 1960s when the Senate was reapportioned. From that point on, everything west of Albany went into decline while Downstate still grows. The Upstate perspective . . . knowledge of what we need to thrive . . . has gotten lost. We need to figure out a way of getting it back out there.

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