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Old 01-15-2014, 05:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Fiddlehead View Post

I am looking into a position at RPI in Troy, NY. Looks like a pretty cool opportunity.

I have never been to the area. I am trying to visualize the Troy/Albany area and environment. We live in a small resort town, probably a lot like Saratoga Springs. It has a pretty nice climate, though our winters can get a pretty cloudy for weeks on end, and low crime. We are very outdoors-oriented, doing hiking and trail running each week, active in scouting, love fishing and camping, etc. The economy here is pretty poor and housing costs are very high (rural property has remained out of our reach), but it is pretty nice otherwise.

My impression is that the Albany/Troy area and most of Upstate NY and nearby areas are quite scenic and abound in outdoor opportunities. Also, I hear the schools are pretty good, and the area has a lot of historic housing stock at affordable prices. It think we would love all the forests, rivers, and lakes.

How is that area for jobs? My wife is a state employee (generalist in hr field), and I would have a good job in hand (or no move).

Anyone been to both places and could compare?

I wonder if you moved, and if so, how you like the area so far? We, too, live in Oregon and are considering moving to the SSprings area. Any tips, observations, comments would be appreciated.
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Old 01-15-2014, 06:52 PM
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My college roommate was from Oregon, Portland area to be exact, and visited my hometown of Amsterdam with me several times. I showed him around the area, he seemed to be impressed with the scenic nature of the Mohawk Valley and the Adirondacks. I also took him to John Boyd Thacher state park, and he liked that. He had shown me pictures of him and his family hiking out in Oregon and those pictures personally blew me away, so I was surprised to see him be impressed by Upstate NY's scenery. He could have just been smiling and nodding the whole time to be nice, though.

Although I did recently sit next to a man from Louisville, KY on a plane ride to Albany from Baltimore, and he had lived in Troy, Schenectady, Oneonta, and Amsterdam while working in Upstate NY for a period of time in the 70s. He said before he explored Northern California, Upstate NY was the most beautiful area he had ever seen, so that's saying something.
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