Wednesday, May 23, 2018

On the Topic of Urban Planning

At yesterday's Hudson Development Corporation meeting, Council president Tom DePietro suggested that the HDC board should increase the number of members (the agency bylaws now cap the number of board members at fifteen, and it appears there are currently thirteen members). He also suggested that the board "needs to recruit people who actually have expertise in some of the things we need, such as city planners who actually live in Hudson." It's hard not to think that DePietro may have had someone in particular in mind: Matthew Frederick.

DePietro and Ellen Thurston interviewed Frederick about his latest book and his ideas for Hudson on their WGXC radio show a few weeks ago. Frederick's new book is called 101 Things I Learned in Urban Design School, and tomorrow night at 6 p.m., Frederick will draw on the principles from the book, in a presentation titled Future of Hudson: An Urban Designer's Imaginings, What Ifs, and Why Nots, to explore "how we might repair Hudson's trouble spots and shape its future." Among the ideas for the future are "a redesigned waterfront, a rethought Second Ward, a revamped Seventh Street Park, a new home for Kite's Nest, and even a dramatic new neighborhood with its own Main Street."

A discussion and book signing will follow the presentation. If you can't make it to the library tomorrow at 6 p.m., you won't miss out entirely. Dan Udell has announced his intention to videotape the event.

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