Visualizing Scale & Density

Jakriborg, Sweden, a medieval village of 500 families and a major tourism destination can fit within a relatively small area in the Village of Haverstraw. Such an exercise in scale really shows how zoning can have such a major impact on the built environment and the economy. How many Jakriborgs can your town fit? Better … More Visualizing Scale & Density

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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!

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

Sound Off: How will high energy costs affect the Village in the future?

In your opinion, how might the growing price of oil affect the Village of Haverstraw? Might we see an influx of new residents as suburb dwellers seek ways to avoid driving expensive cars? Might a rebirth in local manufacturing and commercial river traffic emerge? Perhaps the future of the Village will look much like its past? … More Sound Off: How will high energy costs affect the Village in the future?

Shouldn’t We Bring Cottage Industry to Haverstraw?

The New York Times has released a fairly interesting article on the revival of cottage industry, which has begun to meld with the world of high-fashion and high-design. Rural Craft is the new “it” for urban dwellers these days. . . and chic is more and more looking like it’s beyond passe. But in all … More Shouldn’t We Bring Cottage Industry to Haverstraw?