Monday, June 16, 2014

Houses Over Horticulture

On Saturday, the Register-Star reported on Columbia County Habitat for Humanity's "ground breaking" at Columbia and Second streets--except no ground was broken. The site, which for two decades had been half of the community garden, hardly seems "shovel ready." On Sunday, when this picture was taken, it just looked sad.

The Register-Star article, full of celebratory quotes from Habitat board members and elected officials, talks about Habitat's "quest to reduce the number of vacant lots, which they say discourage pedestrian traffic and challenged neighborhood security." That's an axiom of urban planning that gets applied selectively here in Hudson (consider, for example, the 300 block of Columbia Street and its sea of parking lots), and one that certainly isn't relevant here. This was not a vacant lot. It was a community garden.


  1. Habitat can blow their own horn, they have lost my support

  2. If local farmers were as free as fishermen, they could terrace every inch of city owned hillside for gardens. Clever use of unused space. John L, Charles Williams, Oakdale...