Sam Pratt tells the story of how Rick Scalera--mayor then as now--took him to task for writing an article for New York Magazine in 1998 that brought tourists to Hudson, at least one of whom didn't "get" Hudson and was dissatisfied with what he found. According to Scalera, Hudson was "not ready" for tourists, and Pratt shouldn't have written an article that drew people here. Thirteen years later, it may be that Hudson is still "not ready" for some tourists whose expectation is different from the reality.
Yesterday, William and I were out walking in the late morning. We had just passed Eric Galloway's antebellum manse, near the east end of the 300 block of Allen Street, when we were approached by a woman who wanted to know where Allen Street was. I had noticed her and a man who was probably her husband walking along West Court Street displaying all the body language of people who were seeking something they weren't finding. When I told her that the street we were on was Allen Street, she said, "There are supposed to be some beautiful homes on Allen Street."
"Yes, there are," I said. "This is it."
As William and I poked our way toward the courthouse, I glanced back to see the two visitors standing with their backs to 342 Allen Street--one of the best houses in Hudson--staring across the street as if still searching for the "beautiful homes."
I guess there will always be people who don't totally get Hudson.