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Troy festival a sign of good times for the city
TROY - It's a city that's seen its fair share of troubles, but recently a turn around for the city of Troy. People lining the streets and new businesses opening up shop. For Dinosaur BBQ the city has welcomed them with open arms and open wallets.
"The people here are relentless and we're a really big part of that and we're going to rebuild this thing and it's working, I see it happening, I see it happening every single day," Michael Penna, director of Operations for Dinosaur BBQ tells us.
They were just one of the many vendors at this weekends "Pig Out Festival," and with the smell of BBQ came the crowds. The influx of people is not just good for businesses, police tell us crime is at an all time low.
"Troy is experiencing a renaissance. We are just going so forward so fast. We are expanding our areas where the tourists will come, and as someone who's worked there 30 years I can tell you that this is the brightest horizon I've ever seen for the city," Capt. John Cooney of the Troy Police Dept. says.
It's festivals like this one that help keep those numbers down. Police say it's a trend they've seen after more and more small businesses opened up and more events were organized, bringing more visitors to Troy.
"Our theory is that when we bring people in to Troy, it tends to make those who cause the problems a little uncomfortable, it's not that they see an opportunity to take advantage of the tourists they actually feel less comfortable with the presence of the tourists," Cooney says.
But like in any urban area, if you do come to the city still use caution.
"There are dark corners, there are unlit areas, avoid those spots," Cooney says.
The BBQ festival runs through the weekend. If you'd like to see a list of vendors or events, visit their website at: