NY Times Declares Hudson River Towns “Hipsturbia”

The article confidently declares that Westchester Hudson River villages of Hastings, Dobbs Ferry, Tarrytown, Irvington and the like are becoming enclaves of that same Bohemian lifestyle that brought downtrodden Brooklyn back to life. This article is particularly sad because it fully ignores these towns’ history, while somehow comparing the “transformation” of these places to Brooklyn. The villages mentioned in the article are some of the whitest, wealthiest, and most educated zip codes in North America . . . before the word “hipster” existed. This is nothing like Brookyn’s transformation – in fact, it is astroturf.

“Welcome to hipsturbia,” indeed. … More NY Times Declares Hudson River Towns “Hipsturbia”

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Sign the Petition! Boost the Ferry!

If you haven’t yet done so, please sign the petition to boost the Haverstraw-Ossining Ferry schedule. Currently, the ferry only runs for commuters in the morning and evening. The ferry should be expanded to include midday, late night, and weekends. When this happens, Haverstraw will become another major node in the extensive regional transportation network. … More Sign the Petition! Boost the Ferry!

“Reconnecting Rockland” Column in the Rockland County Times

I stared writing a monthly column in the Rockland County Times called “Reconnecting Rockland.” In it I focus on planning, engineering, real estate development, and architecture issues that are facing the County. Check out Part 1 and Part 2, aptly named “Back to Our Roots.” … More “Reconnecting Rockland” Column in the Rockland County Times

TZB Transit Alternative: Expand Ferry Service

Governor Cuomo has worked with the federal government to “fast track” the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement environmental review. Planning will speed along and the project could be ready for groundbreaking by fall 2012. No funding sources have been secured. Rockland County and Westchester County residents were shocked to learn that the originally planned-for mass transit … More TZB Transit Alternative: Expand Ferry Service

How or Why Cars Erode Cities & Villages

Jane Jacobs was one of the first writers to document the effects of cars on urban fabric. By “urban,” I mean “old-fashioned” or traditional towns and downtowns. Densely populated cities and villages throughout the United States were beginning to take steps to incorporate automobiles into the built environment. Planners and politicians began to see parking … More How or Why Cars Erode Cities & Villages