A reader brought these interesting statistics from the 2010 census to Gossips' attention: 83.4 percent of the housing units in Hudson are occupied; 16.6 percent are vacant. The percentage of vacant housing for the entire country is 11.4 percent.
Since the city's population decreased by 10.8 percent between 2000 and 2010--from 7,524 to 6,713--it's easy to think that the high rate of vacant housing units is a consequence of the diminishing population, but perhaps the cause-and-effect relationship is the other way around. There are many buildings in Hudson that are being warehoused, and large percentage of them--both single-family homes and multiple-family dwellings--belong to Eric Galloway and Galvan Partners. Among Galloway's holdings are the only two buildings in Hudson that were actually built to be apartment houses--the Brousseau Building at Warren and Second streets and "Apartments of Distinction" at Union and Fifth streets--both of which have been vacant for several years.