All you have said here is true, and if the APA has done nothing to maintain our waterways then what good is it? We're an overpriced tourist-trap with hyper-regulating state and federal agencies that scare new enterprises away. We have unlimited potential in this mostly undiscovered paradise but until we are free to exploit them we are going nowhere fast.Walmart, McDonald's etc. is what people first see when they come into town from a couple of different directions. Simply speaking, not too inviting, unfortunately. BTW, what ever happened to Walmart's own idea of building the Ti store in an "Adirondack style?" Hmmm...
And then, you have the same old environmental problems that we've had for many decades--the river and Lake Champlain are absolutely cancerous! And yes, it's very sad.
Lake George? It's sooo touristy. I stayed in a very nice camp once,(which is something that is out of most people's range--and mine, too, now), and woke up very early every morning to the sound of very large motorboats and jet skis. Ugh!
As for the Fort, I'm just not paying $17 dollars to walk up a dirt road from a pasture. So, I'm not taking out-of-town family and friends there any longer.
There are a lot of issues and a lot of work to do.