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I’m not sure how often big structures get blown up in this region, or if that’s the sort of thing you’ll go out of your way to watch. But if explosive change strikes you as a marvel of ingenuity, than Ottawa’s Central...
I’ve been writing a lot recently about tourism in the Adirondacks and the North Country region more broadly. What I’m finding is kind of a tale of two cities, or rather two very different types of small town. Some...
Sure, the FIFA World Cup has been really exciting. But in North America “football” still means moving a pointy pigskin up and down the field, with lots of padding and bruising tackles. The NFL stands on top of that heap, but...
Canada’s 147th “birthday” was a hot one. So when I saw that Oxford Mills was hosting their small-town celebration at Maplewood Park, I knew where I wanted to be. It was sweet. Free music under stately maples, thick...
Here’s a heads up for musicians impacted by a hefty fees imposed on small gigs in Canada. An unpopular requirement, dubbed the “tour tax,” was recently eliminated as part of the government’s overhaul of the temporary foreign...
News stories tagged with "tourism"
Feb 25, 2005 — Over the last two weeks, Lake Placid has been celebrating the 25th anniversary of the 1980 Winter Olympics. The Lake Placid games are remembered for amazing sports moments -- Eric Heiden's five gold medals for speedskating. America's hockey win over the Russians. But the Lake Placid games are also remembered as one of the last small-town games. As Brian Mann reports, there's deep nostalgia for an Olympic era before big money and television changed sports forever. Go to full article
Feb 17, 2005 — The Olympic Torch in Lake Placid was relit last weekend as part of the 25th anniversary of the 1980 Winter Games. But officials at the Olympic Regional Development Authority say the flame had to be extinguished because there wasn't enough money to pay for the fuel needed to keep it burning. Chris Knight has our story. Go to full article
Feb 15, 2005 — Rain fell again yesterday across much of the North Country. The shortage of snow this winter has been brutal for anyone in the north country who likes to ski or snowmobile. The season has been even more painful for business owners who rely on winter tourists. One group of tourism advocates now say the "snow drought" could qualify the region for economic disaster relief. Brian Mann has our story. Go to full article
Feb 11, 2005 — The Big Tupper resort development is widely seen as the first big crest of a development wave that's hitting privately owned forestland across the Adirondack Park. Brian Mann spoke with Heidi Kretser, a graduate student at Cornell University who's studying the impact of "exurban" development on northeastern forests. She says a lot of questions are still unanswered. Go to full article
Jan 21, 2005 — Last month, the Association of Adirondack Towns and Villages passed a resolution supporting legislation designed to promote affordable housing for middle income families. JR Risley -- who heads the AATV and serves as town supervisor in Inlet -- spoke this week with Brian Mann. Risley says the booming second home market is crippling some communities in the Park. Go to full article
Jan 21, 2005 — This week, a local government leader from Aspen Colorado spoke at an affordable housing conference in Saranac Lake, sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Tourism. Mick Ireland has been a commissioner in Pitkin County for ten years. Ireland spoke with Brian Mann. He says Aspen is fighting to retain its local character. Go to full article
Jan 20, 2005 — The Adirondack Economic Development Corporation surveyed hundreds of employers and employees throughout the Tri-Lakes. The study found hundreds of families dissatisfied with the cost and availability of middle income homes. AEDC director Ernest Hohmeyer spoke with Brian Mann. Go to full article
Jan 20, 2005 — At an affordable housing conference Wednesday in Saranac Lake, regional leaders heard a presentation from Mick Ireland. Ireland is a local government leader in Aspen, Colorado. That resort community has fought back against the pressures of vacation home development, creating more than 2,000 units of protected middle-income housing. As Chris Knight reports, Ireland says the Adirondack Park should prepare itself for the same struggle. Go to full article
Dec 31, 2004 — The Adirondacks have seen a housing boom over the last five years. Hundreds of new vacation homes and condos have been built, usually on single lots or in small subdivisions. Major developers are now proposing massive housing projects inside the park. One 800-home vacation resort in Tupper Lake is now under review by the Adirondack Park Agency. As Chris Knight reports, the APA is now examining a second, 700-home subdivision in the town of Jay. Go to full article
Dec 30, 2004 — Philadelphia developer Michael Foxman hopes to reinvent the Big Tupper ski area in Tupper Lake. His massive subdivision would affect more than six thousand acres, adding roughly 800 condos and high-end vacation homes. Local government leaders have hailed the plan as a fresh start for the village. But Foxman has faced tough questions recently, following the revelation that he was indicted in the 1990s as part of a Federal savings and loan fraud case. Foxman declined to discuss the S&L case in detail on tape, describing it as "ancient history". He did agree to talk with Brian Mann about his background and his plans for Tupper Lake. Foxman refused to name the investors who are backing the project, but he added new details about the plan which is now being reviewed by the Adirondack Park Agency. Go to full article