Rural Intelligencebegan its recent article about Winter Walk with this statement: "For a city of barely more than 2 square miles, the seat of a county whose population is the same today as it was in 1900 (65,000 or so), Hudson is unreasonably glamorous." This rather backhanded compliment suggests that Columbia County's small population is not something to be celebrated. Gossips thinks otherwise. Only 65,000 people means that Columbia County has acres and acres of farmland and open space instead of acres and acres of tract housing and big-box shopping malls. Pretty amazing for a place only two hours from New York City.