Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Revival of the Erie Canal

This very popular story in yesterday's New York Times tells of the revival -- at least temporary -- of the Erie Canal, as those needing to move freight in the region find it cheaper than other means of transportation. Here are some excerpts from Christopher Maag's story:

After decades of decline, commercial shipping has returned to the Erie Canal, though it is a far cry from the canal’s heyday. The number of shipments rose to 42 so far this year during the season the canal is open, from 15 during last year’s season, which lasts from May 1 to Nov. 15.

Once nearly forgotten, the relic of history has shown signs of life as higher fuel prices have made barges an attractive alternative to trucks.

It makes me wonder about the economic consequences--presumably positive--for towns along the canal, like Little Falls, population 5,188, the dateline for the story.

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