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Letter: A Safe Forum for Albany Residents Only on Occupy the Farm

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There has been a lot of discussion on The Patch about whether Albany welcomes or rejects the Occupy the Farm protest. I'd like a place where we Albanyans can actually just weigh in. I propose this space as a safe place to say whether you support the Farm of the Occupy the Farm movement, or whether you'd like the Farm to dismantle and leave for good. 

I hereby promise to respect Albany residents who disagree with me. I hope others will follow this lead.

Mostly I'm just curious. I don't think we have any real power in this forum to keep or change anything, as the real powers lie elsewhere. (Please, no commenting on that; I admit in advance I could be wrong; let's keep comments to a simple support or do not support.)

I'd just like to get a survey of Patch readers who live in Albany, a safe survey so people feel comfortable posting.

To vote, just say in the comments that you are a resident (honor system) and whether you support the "Farm" staying as it is, or whether you would like the "Farm" to completely leave.

Here's my vote, and it's only one person:

I'd like the "Farm" to leave, to be gone for good. 

Sincerely,

Kirsten Schwartz

PS:  I'm not trying to deny anyone's freedom of speech, but to get a simple look at the feeling in Albany. There are other threads on The Patch to comment on. Thanks in advance for your tolerance.

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John Kindle May 21, 2012 at 05:42 AM
Sorry Mrs. Kindle but Albany seems like a good town to raise a family and grow old in, I plan on being here for the long hall.
Dan Abbott May 22, 2012 at 04:34 PM
I'm an Albany Resident and I oppose the gill tract being turned into a urban farm. I think it should either stay as it is, a open air research facility, or be developed intelligently. I support smart growth. I support the 2004 master plan. I would also support mixed commercial/residential development (I dense block of housing in a urban area could save many acres of ag land that would otherwise be lost to subdivisions, e.g. brentwood). That said I don't have any object to the OTF folks and their protest, nor do I object to the police arresting them. Also, as an Albany resident, I don't think being an Albany resident is particularly important. Any change to the gill tract will have both positive and negative effects that will be felt by many people, not just those who live in Albany. We are a small town in a large metropolitan area, and need to consider the effect to everyone not just ourselves.
don May 23, 2012 at 06:08 AM
KATE SPOT ON I ALSO WANT THEM ALL TO LEAVE GO TO BERK DO IT THERE LEAVE OUR NICE FRIENDLY TOWN ALONE BEEN BORN AND RAISED HERE AN ALBANYAN PEOPLE COMEING HERE TO DISRUPT OUR CITY FOR WHAT GO TO THE UC WHO OWNES THE PROPERY AND CITY COUNCIL WEAK ON PUSH BACK MAYBE NEED NEW PEOPLE IN COUNCIL WE SHOULD STAY OUT OF THER BUSSINESS AGAIN NOT OUR PROBLEM DONT MAKE IT ONE
don May 23, 2012 at 06:14 AM
jackie what could you believe they could do for you when usda and forest svc are also here on this property who are you if you live here you would know all this don
don May 23, 2012 at 06:19 AM
i dont belive you live here are you renting short term like albany village kids vote all taxes in then leave having us pay it they should not be able to vote in city matters or some way take the tax burden with them when they move tired of free loaders don

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