The 1965 Comprehensive Development Plan, a pre-Urban Renewal document Gossips explored in some depth a few years ago, recognized this part of Hudson, which it called the "High School Neighborhood" (MCS was then the high school), as the one neighborhood in Hudson that required no rehabilitation. To quote the document: "The High School neighborhood, suburban middle-class in character and appearance, contains few problems. . . . North of the school are well-maintained, single-family homes on large lots. Almost all of the new construction of the past decade and a half has taken place here."
Google maps provide evidence of what the neighborhood and this particular house were like before the fence went up.
There was a privacy fence on the property before, but it was set back from the facade of the house and did not interrupt the uniform line of setbacks on Joslen Place. The new fence, however, does break the line of setbacks and alters the character of the neighborhood . . . not in a good way.
As an advocate for preserving the character of neighborhoods, which is essentially what creating historic districts is all about, I submit that this character-altering fence might not have happened if the neighborhood were a historic district or if it were at least subject to a neighborhood conservation overlay which would define and protect the critical characteristics of the neighborhood for all its residents, present and future.
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