The $10 million is going to a downtown that doesn’t exist

Having grown up in Amsterdam, I was glad it won the governor’s $10 million “hunger games” grant to refurbish its downtown. The problem is Amsterdam no longer has a downtown, decades ago eliminated by the building of a bewildering slither of overlapping highways. Once its downtown was as thriving as Gloversville’s but both went the way of shopping centers.

As many have wished, why could this lavish expense not have been spread out at a million apiece to 10 needy cities? Since the money derives from past overtaxation, one would think every municipality would deserve a break.

True, politics may enter into the selection process and it does smack of buying votes. For instance, did Gloversville’s heavily Republican registration contribute to its failure? Makes one wonder.

DAVID CHILDS

Johnstown