Cheers and jeers

CHEERS – To historic Northville. A state board has nominated parts of the village of Northville to the state and national registers of historic places. This should be welcome news for the village, which has a rich history that deserves recognition. The Northville historic district would include properties on Main Street, Division Street and Bridge Street, among others. It’s the residential and commercial core of the village, dating from 1819 to 1933. This area began to grow in the 1830s as a result of the logging industry. The village grew rapidly after the completion of the railroad in 1875. The historic designations not only will draw attention to village history, but likely strengthen the village’s tourism industry.

JEERS – To building jumpers. Three New York-area men accused of jumping off One World Trade Center and parachuting to the ground may think they were being adventurous daredevils, but they’re nothing more than disrespectful nuisances. The three – plus an alleged accomplice – were charged this week for the stunt, which was carried out last September. They were charged with burglary, reckless endangerment and jumping from a structure. They put themselves and others in danger. We were happy to see police caught up with them. There was nothing cool about the stunt. We would hope the arrests would discourage others from trying the same thing at this landmark or others.

CHEERS – To a Global Village. Fulton-Montgomery Community College is wasting no time getting started on a project to build a residential and retail village next to the college. The project – to be named Global Village – will include retail and restaurant space, possibly offering a cafe, boutique-style shops and an art gallery. It also will include new housing for students and the public. FMCC just announced the plan late last year and already has hired a contractor to get started. It’s an ambitious plan, which will support the continued growth of the college, improve students’ experience at FM and help bring the public closer to its community college.