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"My dad took a job as the manager of the General Electric Athletic Association, so from 1950 to 1963 – until I went off to college in Kentucky – Schenectady is where I grew up. What a place to be raised in. Everyone worked. Everyone played. Everyone seemed to have fun. Everyone believed in America. A blue collar city where people took a lot of pride in being part of its growth, Schenectady and the people I met there made me.
William B. Patrick’s deep dive into this great city’s past, with the very up-close and personal transformation to today, is an incredible piece of work that will humble anyone who reads this story. It is fascinating."

 — Pat Riley, President of the Miami Heat

Free and open to the public. Free parking. See map.

Books will be available for purchase at the event or in advance at the Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza.

William B. Patrick, author of the new book, Metrofix: The Combative Comeback of a Company Town, and Philip Morris, CEO of Proctors and Albany’s Capital Rep (TheREP), will talk about Schenectady’s ongoing revival, the role of the arts in re-energizing downtown neighborhoods in Albany and Schenectady, and how citizens, politicians, and business-owners can create new blueprints for the revitalization of 21st century American cities.

Metrofix: The Combative Comeback of a Company Town, by William Patrick

Note: Masks required. Event subject to change. We encourage you to sign up for email updates to stay up-to-date on schedule information. 

William Patrick and Philip Morris

7 p.m. Tuesday, February 1, 2022
Recital Hall, UAlbany Performing Arts Center
1400 Washington Avenue, Albany NY 12222

Schenectady Resurgent!

William Patrick

Patrick, writer, poet, playwright, screenwriter, and educator, was the longtime director of the NYS Summer Young Writers Institute for high school students, which he founded in 1998. His books include The Call of Nursing: Voices from the Front Lines of Healthcare; Saving Troy: A Year with Firefighters and Paramedics in a Battered City; and We Didn’t Come Here for This: A Memoir in Poetry.

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Philip Morris

Philip Morris is the CEO of Proctors, a performing arts center that is central to Schenectady’s redevelopment, as well as a major regional venue for music, theater, dance, films, conventions, and community activities. Education programs at Proctors and TheREP, in partnership with local schools, enrich the lives of more than 75,000 students annually.

Cosponsored by Proctors Collaborative.


All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask or other face covering while inside any UAlbany owned, operated or leased building.

Unvaccinated individuals are also required to wear face coverings in all outdoor settings. This revised mask requirement will remain in place until the University removes the requirement upon the recommendations of the CDC or other public health officials. Individuals should not attend our in-person events if they — or anyone in their household — are displaying any symptoms of COVID-19. UAlbany COVID guidelines.



Free parking for Writers Institute events on the Uptown Campus will be available in the State Quad Student Parking Lot one hour prior to and one hour after events. Visitor Parking lots are also available for $5 per vehicle, though parking spaces are very limited.. See map.

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