NOTE: This post was originally published a week ago.
Most communities eliminated their air raid sirens decades ago, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and the end of the Cold War. Not so Hudson and Columbia County. The faded yellow air raid siren, probably no longer functional, is still mounted on the parapet of the courthouse, looking singularly out of place on the 1907 Beaux Arts building.
The construction going on at the courthouse and the elimination of the foundation shrubbery have the effect of throwing the air raid siren into stark relief against the sky, inspiring talk of removing the obsolete appliance. There is some thought, however, that the air raid siren might be considered a historic artifact, a valued relic of the Cold War.
So Gossips is conducting a poll to gather readers' opinions of the air raid siren. Is it an eyesore that should be removed? Or is it a historic artifact that should be preserved? Look for the poll at the right and share your opinion.
The poll is now closed. Here are the results.