The Times-Union has an article today about the growing second home owner population in Hudson and Columbia County: "Nobody home, for now." There's a slide show accompanying the article by Times-Union photographer John Carl D'Annibale which includes a picture of architect and urbanist Matthew Frederick, looking like a voice crying in the wilderness, and this picture of a tractor on Columbia Street, meant, presumably, to give the impression that farm tractors are a frequent sight on the streets of Hudson.
The article quotes Board of Supervisors chair Roy Brown talking about repopulation as though having second home owners paying property taxes for services they don't use--in particular, public schools--was not a good thing. What would be the impact on the Hudson City School District's $41.6 million annual budget if it were called upon to educate more than 2,000 students?
Acknowledgment: Gossips learned about this article from Don Moore, who learned about it from Mary Rembach at HDC.