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Shopping Centers[edit]

In April, a user put suggested notices for deletion on articles about several major shopping centers in the Capital Region such as Westgate Plaza, Stuyvesant Plaza, Mohawk Commons, and others, as being "non-notable." They are all linked within the shopping center link for the Capital District at the end of each area shopping center article. These articles have tens of sources from major local newspapers in the Capital District. According to the individual's user page, he is from Pennsylvania and focuses on PA, MD, and other areas in that region. He is not familiar with the NY Capital Region and the history of these places. The same individual was for the deletion of Latham Circle, which is also significant to our area's history.

It should be noted that another user removed the deletion suggestions, citing the number of sources. However, this could and probably will come up again.

As a (now former -- move was very recent) Capital District resident who spent decades in the area and still has connections, causing me to frequently return, I recognize the importance of these places to our history and continued use today. I will continue to try to add to these articles as time permits but I would also encourage others to do so in order to preserve them. More importantly, the case should be made within the articles as to WHY they are important. These are large shopping centers and to the people in the area, they have meaning, importance, and history. I can fully understand that someone from outside the area has no recognition of their significance. Likewise, if we were looking at that individual's area we too might make the same kind of mistake about something he and his neighbors consider significant.

Photo request for Menands, New York[edit]

If someone is in the area of Menands, New York and can drop by the Albany Rural Cemetery, I'd like to get a photo of a gravestone for William Bliss Baker, who is apparently buried there. Is there anyone here who could go there and take a good picture of the headstone, then upload it to commons and post a link here? I really appreciate any assistance. Thanks! ···日本穣? · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe · Join WikiProject Japan! 22:07, 4 June 2011 (UTC)

I could do that tomorrow, if it's nice. Albany Rural is pretty big. Any idea where he is? upstateNYer 00:59, 5 June 2011 (UTC)
I don't have any idea, but they may have a directory of some sort there. I live almost 2000 miles away from there, so I don't have any way to easily check. Their website doesn't list him, either (but it only lists a few of the very most famous people buried there). I appreciate your help. ···日本穣? · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe · Join WikiProject Japan! 09:27, 5 June 2011 (UTC)
Were you able to find anything? I appreciate your help. ···日本穣? · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe · Join WikiProject Japan! 06:02, 21 June 2011 (UTC)

Okay, here are the photos you were looking for. upstateNYer 19:57, 5 July 2011 (UTC)

Thank you so much! I really appreciate your help on this. ···日本穣? · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe · Join WikiProject Japan! 03:29, 6 July 2011 (UTC)

New category[edit]

I've just created a new category Category:Parks in Albany, New York and have included Washington Park Historic District (Albany, New York), Lincoln Park (Albany), Tivoli Nature Preserve, and Albany Pine Bush. If anyone knows of any other Albany parkland articles please spread the word.Camelbinky (talk) 04:38, 21 June 2011 (UTC)

Greater Capital Region In-Person Meetups?[edit]

@UpstateNYer: As a "lifer" here (born Troy, 1966), very much enjoyed viewing all the Albany+ content you've posted to Wikipedia! As a native, just wanted to express gratitude and say thank you for documenting this so well. I'm wrapping the Clifton Park *Wikipedia Loves Libraries* event now, and am thinking it would great if folks like ourselves could meet in-person on a regular basis, and share experience, advice and company, at a venue like Panera Bread at Latham Farms. I know this Panera hosts other social media and engineering groups (IEEE, Peter Coombs, etc.), so Wikipedians in the Albany region could certainly do the same. Would be grateful to know what you think. Sincerely, - Larry Lawrence Kelley (talk) 21:26, 12 November 2011 (UTC)

Peer review of William Bliss Baker[edit]

Please come participate: Wikipedia:WikiProject Biography/Peer review/William Bliss Baker. Thanks! ···日本穣? · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe · Join WP Japan! 08:34, 29 December 2011 (UTC)

Article assessment in relation to WPNY[edit]

See Wikipedia talk:WikiProject New York#Article tagging in relation to subprojects. – TMF (talk) 21:11, 17 October 2012 (UTC)

Dongan Charter[edit]

Having a bit of anrgument about the wording in this article, the article originally claimed it was the oldest charter in the Western Hemisphere, this term is often misused to mean the Americas, when parts of England & Scotland & SPain and all of Wales, Ireland & Portugal are in the Western Hemisphere. NOt to mention portions of Africa. I forst changed Western Hemisphere to Americas that was reverted. I then removed West Hemisphere, it was reinstated by the same user. If some one could have a look before a revert war brakes out.--Kitchen Knife (talk) 21:18, 9 October 2013 (UTC)

I suspect that the source means the Americas, but I'm not sure that the examples you've provided contradict it, because of the words "possibly" and "still in force". At least one of the charters you've mentioned is Liverpool's 1207 charter, which is usually described as its first charter, implying that there has been at least one since then - and many of the charters in England appear to have been superseded in around 1685 and again more recently, such as in the 1970s local government reforms. A search doesn't find confirmation of anything older, but it may be that there is but the research hasn't been done, or hasn't been published online, or isn't easy to find online. The claim was made by "Stefan Bielinski, author of Government by the People a 64-page book written to mark Albany's Tricentennial", so I'd say if it's to be included this should be attributed within the article. Peter James (talk) 20:27, 11 October 2013 (UTC)
A discussion was started much earlier than this at the WP:NOR/N which is the proper place for a community discussion, not here, which this wikiproject has not been all that active (and that for possible conflict of interest purposes I'll admit- I co-founded this wikiproject). The NOR/N discussion was first, is a proper venue, and the next best thing to a discussion on the talk page of Dongan Charter itself.Camelbinky (talk) 01:17, 12 October 2013 (UTC)