Thursday, October 26, 2017

Hudson’s Experience with Urban Renewal

At the Hudson Area Library on Thursday, October 26, Peter Cipkowski give an illustrated talk about urban renewal in the 1970s in Hudson, a massive undertaking that impacted hundreds of families and changed the city forever. The illustrated presentation, based on historical documents and conversations with project leaders and local residents, will provide both context and an overview of how, and why, urban renewal unfolded in Hudson. The presentation will address many of the questions we all wonder about: How was the urban renewal project funded? What were its original objectives? Did it succeed in meeting its goals? What was lost? Was it worth it? What has the experience taught us about planning, preservation, and economic growth? How did it compare with similar projects in the Hudson Valley and beyond? What lessons, if any, are there for us as Hudson continues to evolve?

As a boy, Peter Cipkowski was a frequent visitor to his grandparents’ grocery store and family home at 39 South Front Street, torn down in 1970. His uncle, Edward Cipkowski, served on the staff of the Hudson Urban Renewal Agency. Peter has degrees in history and education from Bard College and Carnegie Mellon and is the author of two books published by John Wiley & Sons. Peter is Hillsdale Town Supervisor and President of the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society.

Thursday, October 26, 6-7:30pm

A question and answer period and reception will follow the talk. For more information email email hidden; JavaScript is required, call 518-828-1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.