Staff Editorial: Downtown Troy revitalized

The past few years have seen a marked improvement in downtown Troy. With renovations to the Troy Riverfront Park a few years ago, a variety of events have been held, drawing people from Troy and its surrounding areas.

Various festivals have been held annually. For example, Troy held its eighth annual Chowderfest in the Riverfront Park, serving chowder samples for tickets. Additionally, the River Street Festival takes place every summer, offering vendors and live music all along River Street. The holidays are around the corner, and with it, comes Troy’s 32nd annual Victorian Stroll. During the stroll, parking is free and businesses offer discounts and hold events for people of all ages to enjoy. Another notable festival is the Food Truck Fest, which held its second event ever this year.

Improvements to downtown Troy include the recent boom in new businesses, most notably restaurants. Many of these new restaurants are within walking distance of RPI or along the West shuttle route. Recent additions to downtown Troy include Nibble Inc. (an organic donut shop), Muddaddy Flats Quesadillary, Psychedelicattesen (a bagel shop), and Flying Chicken (a soul food restaurant). Some of these new additions, such as Plum Dandy (a frozen yogurt shop) in City Station, attract business by offering discounts to college students. Be sure to take advantage of such discounts—they often make pricier restaurants affordable.

This boom in business can be attributed to the increase in renovations around Troy, in addition to the Riverfront restoration. A few years ago, Congress Street had its sidewalks and roads renovated to look more modern. College Suites at City Station increased the number of students living Downtown. Phi Gamma Delta fraternity recently moved downtown, exemplifying the improved draw and sense of security for students.

When you find yourself burnt out from doing work and studying as the semester winds down, take an adventure into downtown Troy, especially if you have never been before. There are countless great opportunities to eat and have fun all across the city.