Monday, December 10, 2018

Unwelcome News

Gossips just received the following statement from Mayor Rick Rector:
Last Friday I signed off on the local law introductory No. 5 of 2018.
I am very thankful for the many residents and others who have thoughtfully contacted me, written articles, posted on blogs and social media with comments for both sides of the conversation. Our community continually impresses me as to how engaged the citizens are when it comes to most matters.
It was a difficult decision for a variety of reasons but it had gone through many hours of debate and consideration and was ultimately approved unanimously by the Common Council.
It is my hope that the city will ultimately deal with comprehensive zoning revisions that would negate the need for much debate on what, where and why while encouraging economic development both large and small and always trying to protect the integrity and fabric of our historical and charming community.
This photograph showing the corner of Green Street and Fairview Avenue at some time before 1922, when the bell watering trough was removed, is my only comment.



  1. Carole, have you ever written about how that corner first got its Stewarts? If that was a watering trough in 1922, it would suggest a long history as a transportation intersection. And that house behind the bell doesn't look residential? I'm sorry if you've already covered this, but it would be interesting to know more about the history of that intersection to see if the decisions made then (the 30s, 40s, 50's 60s) could shed some light on how we got to today on that corner.

  2. Hudson sucks sometimes. This zoning change should never have happened. I am so disgusted with the way our "leaders" are constantly bought out with empty promises, There is no reason in hell that Stewarts needs to be any larger, and especially not by tearing down housing. Damn.

  3. I betcha when Stewart's expands that they will no longer offer free air for car tires. Like Speedway, it will cost $1.50 for 5 minutes of air and will accept credit cards. After all the dust settles this may be the greatest tragedy of all.

  4. Tres and Unknown, this is not like the deals we've seen before. The way it's setting itself up, without delivery on the offers the City will accept the plan simply won't be approved. That's why the steps ahead don't warrant your cynicism but your participation, which is something the aldermen and the mayor have already factored in.

    Take care that your easy cynicism doesn't prevent you from taking part, unless that's part of its function for you. Looking at the bigger picture, though, your uninformed cynicism is corrosive for everyone else.

    1. Thanks, Unheim. Exactly so. I'm hoping that the Planning Board, to which Stewarts must next present itself, can work with the company and do something that is creative and entrepreneurial. The picture above, taken "before 1922," suggests some very interesting possibilities.