The first event organized by a group called Future Hudson took place yesterday afternoon. The panel discussion--"What Makes Hudson a Great City?"--featured Joe Czajka from Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress, Kaya Kühl from the Hudson Valley Initiative at the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation, and Dan D'Oca from Interboro, a Brooklyn-based architecture, urban design, and planning firm. Fourth Ward alderman John Rosenthal moderated the discussion, and Dan Udell was there to record it. The video of the event can be viewed here.
Future Hudson is planning an event every third Saturday of the month from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Community Room of the Hudson Area Library. The next event, scheduled for Saturday, May 18, will be a community conversation on the challenge of developing a sustainable local economy, with the title "How Does Hudson Grow?" Click here to see the schedule through August.
It was also announced at Saturday's meeting that James Howard Kunstler, best known for his book The Geography of Nowhere, who was brought to Hudson by Friends of Hudson back in 2002 or 2003, in the days of the cement plant battle, will be returning on Thursday, May 30, to present a talk called "The American Small Town Is Where It's At. Let's Get It Right."
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My wife and I attended the session and while it was very well done and the speakers all excellent, it was billed as what makes Hudson a great city. Whereas it sparked a lot of good discussion, we walked away feeling the complete opposite with what seemed like so many apparent hopeless situations such as warehousing of properties by non-profits and its impact on the tax base, truck route through the city and its impact on quality of life, lack of a fresh community plan (last one 2002) and vision plan (last one 1996), threat of forever litigation against city by you know who if they don't get their way with the waterfront. Lots of questions and concerns and not a lot of answers.ReplyDelete
Hudson has no vision let alone an alleged "vision plan."Delete