Thursday, September 20, 2018

Hudson as a Cautionary Tale

Today, New York Magazine's "Daily Intelligencer" has an article with the title "Not the Next Hudson: Newburgh, Catskill, and Troy, once downtrodden, are hoping recent revitalization doesn't get out of hand." Before analyzing the state of the comeback in each of the three places named, the author, Simone Kitchens (shown in the photo above), has this to say about our city: 
It’d be too easy to declare any of these places a potential “next Hudson”—the onetime working-class town where antique lamps now go for $7,000. Hudson’s about-face, which resulted in longtime residents being priced out, has become a kind of cautionary tale for these developing small towns, which, after struggling through decades of decline, are showing glimmers of a turnaround and are intent on growing in a different way.


  1. Carole, what is your take? I am exultant that someone in the mediasphere has seen Hudson as I see it, and perhaps issued a volley that can somehow help other small cities including Catskill to reframe what it means to experience "growth" or revitalization as other than selling out for tourism and upscale developers and business owners. Infrastructure, full-time residency, and commitment to solving problems of poverty and racism before turning one's mind to amenities for gracious easeful living. This is anti-colonialism at its best, or at least its most livable. REBECCA WOLFF

  2. a week in "upscale" hudson knifing at the Half Moon over a drug deal monday, shotguns out on tuesday, man sexually attacks toddler on wedsnesday, drug overdose at Walmart on thursday with man dead in car for 9 days ....sounds really like gracious easy living to me. this was one real week in Gracious Hudson ---