Amsterdam taking steps to move train station

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In a city where the phrase “urban renewal” is still used as a dirty word, a proposed $34 million downtown multimodal station is stirring both memories of the past and hopes for the future.

The Amsterdam Common Council has supported a series of steps toward the revitalization project that began under former Mayor Ann Thane and continues under Mayor Michael Villa.

The city hired international engineering firm Mott Macdonald in 2017 for $207,790 to conduct a feasibility study.

Mott MacDonald presented the council with a multi-option plan to spur economic activity in Amsterdam, by essentially ripping up some of the urban renewal scheme implemented in city in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s.

The plan also aims to reconnect the city’s traffic grid east to west and north to south. Lastly, the plan proposes opening up the city’s waterfront by razing all or a portion of the former Amsterdam Mall, which Mott MacDonald…

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Lovely Lady on a Train

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A lovely lady on a train

Riding with a pouring rain

How she looks so very neat

Nestled in her comfy seat

She has a sparkle on her nose

Lovely face and beautiful toes

Oh how you feel her grace

That lovely smile on her face

Oh that very shiny hair

Really makes you want to stare

Oh how you feel and think

As she looks at you to wink

How can you feel so less

With a lady so gorgeous

You will not mind that pouring rain

Seeing that lovely lady on the train

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It is very rare for me to prefer someone else’s version of a Stevie Wonder song. I had been a fan of his music since he was known as ‘Little Stevie Wonder’. By 1973, I had also been a fan of Aretha Franklin for a long time too. She had been around since the late 1950s, and by the time I was 14, I already knew the work of the lady who was soon to explode onto the scene with such tracks as ‘Respect’, ‘Chain Of Fools’, and ‘Think’.

When I was 16, I heard the softer side of this powerhouse singer, on her massive hit, ‘I Say A Little Prayer’, and she continued to release song after song, including cover versions of many famous recordings by the likes of Carole King, The Beatles, and Elton John. It seemed she could tackle anything, in…

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