Newburgh and New ‘Burbs: A 21st Century Plan for a 20th Century City

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The Hudson River shines only a five minute walk away, and the mountains and forests surrounding the river are surreal. From the bustling and wide boulevards – some of the widest in the State – farmland can be seen in the distance. Old, colonial buildings dot the landscape, which served as the Headquarters of the Continental Army during the American Revolution. Today, of course, these buildings have been electrified, and in fact, the city was one of the first American cities to be fully electrified, because it was home to an Edison power plant in 1883, the Edison Electric Illuminating Company of Newburgh. Railroads also connect the city with the region, and ferries do as well. Besides being a transportation hub, it is also an industrial center. It is, indeed, a picturesque vision of small town America, and of the utopian, quaint, community-minded, hard-working, family-oriented, and of course, patriotic towns that Washington himself would have dreamed of building. Essentially an instant city built by the ‘starchitects’ of the Gilded Age such as Andrew Jackson Downing and Calvert Vaux, this city shines of Americana.

George Washington’s Headquarters during the American Revolution

Except for one fact: this is none other than Newburgh, New York. Many believe that the only industry remaining is selling drugs, and the only community-minded, hard-working, and family-oriented people that remain consider their gang as their community, their work, and their family. While these people are generalizing and exaggerating, this is nonetheless the most violent city in New York State.

More than 99 percent of communities in New York have a lower crime rate than Newburgh. In fact, thus far into 2014, it has been the 10th most violent city in the United States. Based on crime reports collected by the FBI from 17,000 local law enforcement agencies, only 5 percent of American cities with 25,000 or more people are more violent. In New York City, one’s chance at becoming a victim of a crime is 1 in 246; in Newburgh, this chance is increased to 1 in 54, with the population of each city factored into the results. And if property crime is included with violent crime, then one’s chance of being a victim is only 1 in 17. Indeed, even though Newburgh only has approximately 30,000 people, the number of murder, forcible rape, armed robbery, and aggravated assault per 1,000 citizens are exponentially greater than in New York City, which is less than two hours away by car or commuter rail.

Dilapidated Newburgh

Yet you would be forgiven for forgetting or never knowing Newburgh. It seems as though everyone has left their small-town small-talk for their big-city auditoriums, where Americans have always thought there to be more crime than anything else. Newburgh’s own residents, who could fill up a small neighborhood in the Big Apple, have been doing just that. While inner-city crime has been dropping in the country – and especially in New York, the “safest big city in the country” according to Bloomberg – Newburgh has not joined the bandwagon. The city is shrinking, as everyone who can afford to leave one of the most violent, impoverished, and corrupt cities in the country, is getting the hell out of Dodge. But they had better leave with a car, because Newburgh is also one of the worst cities in America for public transportation in terms of job access, frequency, and coverage.

Unmarked Bus Stop on a Patch of Grass (You need to signal for the bus to stop)

The Newburgh metropolitan region, including Poughkeepsie and Middletown, is the 6th worst region in the United States for public transportation, and the worst in New York State. The percent of working-age residents near a transit stop is only 46 percent, compared to an average amongst the 100 largest cities in the U.S. of 69 percent. But this is not even close to the true horror of the city: the median wait time, in minutes, for any rush hour transit vehicle is 51 minutes. The average in the U.S. is 10 minutes. And only 8 percent of jobs are reachable within 90 minutes. 8 percent! The average is 30 percent. Finally, out of a combined ranking on coverage and job access, Newburgh is the absolute worst city in the United States. These statistics are from TIME Magazine and the Brookings Institution. They are very real and very present for the people who live in this place, where “gang members with national affiliations outnumber the city’s police by a ratio of three to one, not counting the hundreds of young people in homegrown groups” (NYT). This is not a new story for Newburgh, which began its decline following the deindustrialization, suburbanization, urban renewal efforts, and racial strife of the 1960s. Cheap labor overseas and cheaper transportation methods spelled economic havoc for Newburgh.

This is the only intersection that I found with bus shelters, and they are next to vacant lots… but there is artwork on the buildings! 

Inside the Empty Bus… (comes every other hour, so no wonder few people wait around…)

This is also a familiar story for most American cities. But some bounce back, and others, akin to Newburgh, cannot compete with their global city brethren downstream. The first blow to Newburgh came with highways. Thought to improve economic development in inner cities by making it easier to commute, they actually made it easier to leave forever. A bridge built across the Hudson further north eliminated the need for ferry service between Newburgh and Beacon, an affluent town across the river, where the Metro-North Railroad stops. Newburgh became isolated, and suburbs continued to bring affluent, white residents out of the racially charged city. Jobs moved as well, and so did suburban strip malls, where most jobs are located that are not a few hours commute to Gotham. Trucks also took away most of the freight business on the river, making Newburgh irrelevant at the same time as deindustrialization was taking hold and jobs were moving elsewhere.

Suburbs in New Windsor (A nearby town in the Greater Newburgh Region)… Picture taken from a car, of course!

This isolation – this “lack of jobs and activities available to young people” – is a central part of the problem. Indeed, “the city has no supermarkets, one Boys and Girls Club that is closed on weekends and a virtually nonexistent bus system, leaving young people without cars too far from the only steady source of employment, at regional malls well outside of town” (NYT). The trolleys left the city, replaced by buses, which now do not run much at all. In fact, the only buses that come to the city are either for-profit, limited intercity services, or private operators under contract for routes to Wal-Mart and other nearby towns from Newburgh, which run very infrequently. Ulster County Area Transit, for instance, provides service to New Paltz, while Coach USA provides service to southbound towns, and Leprachaun Lines takes residents to their nearby strip malls.

However, there is some good news: ferry service across the river to Beacon and the nearest Metro-North station has resumed since the mid-2000s, under an MTA contract for NY Waterway. Still, in order to travel to New Windsor, a nearby town, the only public transit option listed on Google Maps is to walk for one hour. To walk! Even though buses do, in fact, go to New Windsor infrequently (and they do not reach the MTA Port Jervis Metro-North commuter rail station at Salisbury Mills), the data has not been synced with Google. Perhaps this metaphorically makes sense, because people are undoubtedly afraid of connecting Newburgh with their town, when in Newburgh, according to U.S. Senator Schumer, “there are reports of shootouts in the town streets, strings of robberies and gang assaults with machetes” (NYMag). Newburgh, it seems, is caught in a vicious cycle downward. Why would surrounding suburbs want to better connect themselves with “one of the most dangerous four-mile stretches in the northeastern United States”, if they do not need to do so?

Not much to do in this neighborhood…

Or in this one…

Port Jervis Line at Moodna Viaduct 

This is a 20th century problem which needs 21st century solutions. While it is not a mega-city, it is not heavily affected by environmental degradation, and does not have a rapid urbanization problem, it has many familiar problems for Western cities. It lacks a basic sense of security, and it is shrinking, without an inclusive plan for the future. Transportation infrastructure is also an embarrassment. But Newburgh does have some assets: it is diverse, with many Hispanic immigrants arriving (to a city with few opportunities), and it also has historic, colonial architecture and design. Gentrification is occurring in small pockets where artists arrive in order to live cheaply and repair beautiful homes to their gilded glory. These are demographics that could help Newburgh, reversing its abandonment, improving the economy, and providing jobs and services, while maintaining affordable housing. There are pristine natural landscapes, there is history, and it is only a few hours from New York. But this is true for most cities and towns in Upstate New York. How can Newburgh stand apart? How can people actually move there, instead of visiting quickly?

The Dutch Reformed Church, a National Historic Landmark (Decaying by a parking lot)… 

But beyond the cars, there’s a small garden in front of the closed-off church!

Renovated Victorian Home

If Newburgh is to be attractable, crime needs to go down. People need to know that they matter. More police are needed, more “windows on the street” are needed, and blighted and abandoned buildings could be razed and turned into urban farms or public parks. More lighting is needed, streets need to be repaved, and bicycle paths need to be added. This can be a great center for biking, with great adventures in nearby forests to be discovered. And anchor institutions need to return to the city. After-school programs, NGOs, and other grass-roots developments need to be founded. Newburgh needs to be put back on the map.

Once it gets on its feet, hopefully, the positive cycle upward will be unstoppable. But it needs a kick-start. It has an urban fabric, and it has plenty of cheap land and abandoned space to experiment, a lot of which has great views of the Hudson River. Broadway, the main boulevard, is one of the widest in the State, and it can be shrunk so that it is not an un-walkable, un-livable boulevard for cars to drive through towards the freeway and bridge, or to park in the hundreds of parking spaces. It can become a thriving destination in itself, with more trees and space for sidewalks and bike lanes. But in order to become a destination, there needs to be a diversified amount of opportunities, and not just nice streets. Newburgh needs to be better connected to its surrounding suburbs, which requires better access and mobility, and new suburban policies and plans.

So much space for cars (and trucks), so little space for people… on Broadway (Picture taken from a car, ironically and hypocritically…)

At a major intersection: a court house, a gas station (to the left), and trucks… no people!  (Picture taken from a car, ironically and hypocritically…)

Broadway Bodegas  (Picture taken from a car, ironically and hypocritically…)

This can begin at the Hudson, the birthplace of the city, which has ample land for a transportation hub. Old buildings were destroyed along the river during urban renewal processes, but never replaced due to a lack of funding. This land disconnects the urban fabric from the river and is now ready for development, and a new complex connecting the Beacon-Newburgh Ferry with Newburgh’s Broadway could be a catalyst for positive change. This intermodal transportation hub would have a ferry terminal, a bus terminal, ample bike racks and bike lane connections, as well as a shopping center, offices, a tourist center, a community center with art space, and affordable housing. It will be an environmentally-friendly building, and an icon to visit along the Hudson River; perhaps, the capital of Hudson Valley architecture, and an inclusive place to live, work, and play. Indeed, Newburgh has plenty of 18th, 19th, and 20th century architecture, but to become a 21st century city, it may also need state-of-the-art design for the hub. This would be a mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly, and secure atmosphere that Newburgh will need to create. But as always, it requires money. The hub will need to operate as a public-private partnership so as to collect its own revenue from real estate.

Vacant Land Along River & Newburgh-Beacon Bridge in Distance; Freight RR Below (Potential site for future hub?)

Placemaking Efforts on Broadway

I walked around the city, and also rode the buses. People were very pleasant, but they need more opportunities. Currently, Newburgh has a relatively new, state-of-the-art SUNY Orange community college campus at the end of Broadway, facing the Hudson. This is a great location in the heart of the city, anchoring the institution to the core. There are many programs that this school offers the community, especially with regard to youth development, such as pre-collegiate “tutoring, counseling, workforce preparation, mentoring, cultural enrichment and parental involvement activities” (SUNY).

SUNY Orange Newburgh Campus @ End of Broadway

(Empty!!!) Bike Racks at SUNY Orange Campus

Rain garden at SUNY Orange… without much of a garden… at all… 

There’s also Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh, which, since 1999, has  “rehabilitated and newly constructed 67 homes in the City of Newburgh and served 76 families”. As a non-profit that relies on volunteers, donations, churches, other NGOs, and government grants, they are struggling with affordability. This is partly because renovated homes usually need lead removed, which is expensive. Local architects also are upset when historical buildings are not renovated with expensive historical items, such as $50K+ windows. Nonetheless, Habitat For Humanity also receives donations from redecorated, remodeled, or downsized homes and they use or sell this excess furniture, appliances, cabinets, and hardware. Moreover, the organization is a great place for youth to work and learn how to use their hands and improve their neighborhoods. This is a great example of current infill revitalization work going on in the city.

Habitat for Humanity Neighborhood!

Habitat for Humanity Construction Site (and urban farming action in foreground)

Newburgh needs to dream big to get back on the map. In the 21st century, hyper-capitalism has created hyper-competitive cities, shrinking space and time into hierarchical geopolitical arenas. Transportation built this city as a relevant hub along the Hudson River for boats and trains. Transportation also decimated the city when suburbanization took hold and highways and bridges brought people outside of the city on cars, representative of the powers, identities, and ideologies of the latter half of the 20th century. And now, transportation can also, once more, can help to develop the city and build communities. Not only physically, but also socially, economically, politically, and environmentally. There are many cheap fixes that can be done now such as biking connections, urban farming, and informal transit incentives. There are also long-term public-private partnerships to explore alongside real estate development for transit agencies.

In the end, transportation is a vehicle (pun intended) through which many, many aims can be accomplished. By bridging the (Hudson River) gap between Newburgh and affluent suburbs physically, transportation won’t just transport people, but transform them — and their communities — socially, economically, and politically. Newburgh will need to capitalize upon its assets and improve its transportation infrastructure in order to become relevant again, and in order to shine so much that Henry Hudson himself would enjoy rediscovering his Valley — but this time, not on a boat, but on a Metro-North train.

You should discover it as well. I strongly suggest visiting, volunteering, and living in Newburgh!

Zoom into the center and notice the Metro-North’s Hudson Line train (5 minutes from Beacon Station & MTA Ferry to Newburgh)… A scenic commute from the Big Apple to Newburgh

Rayn Riel is a student at Tufts University studying international urban development, his self-crafted major. Interested in transportation, he is the founder of Tufts’ only undergraduate urban development student organization and was an intern at the NYC Department of City Planning in Brooklyn in order to work on transportation accessibility and mobility in East New York. A writer on PlanYourCity, he has had planning work and research experience in the Americas, Asia, Africa, and Europe

(All photos are taken by Rayn)

 

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37 Comments on “Newburgh and New ‘Burbs: A 21st Century Plan for a 20th Century City”

  1. kylelecl June 8, 2014 at 9:50 pm #

    wow such words, such well written. Wow.

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  2. hb June 9, 2014 at 3:19 pm #

    Nicely written, but a very strong emphasis on sensationalized reports from magazines, rather than journals until deeper into the article. A good job physically experiencing the city, but sparse in terms of reaching out to organizations and individuals who could provide more positive outlook.

    Having said that, the observations on transportation (or lack thereof) and the general impression Newburgh makes to an outsider is very, very helpful if those of us who live here make use of the feedback.

    Here’s another point of view.

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  3. Jamie June 9, 2014 at 3:22 pm #

    There is so much irony in the fact that you photographed the Happy Hudson Valley car at the train station and didn’t even attempt to reach out to talk about the ground work that’s happening in Newburgh. Why not contact some of the organizations who are working for improvement to help shine a light? The data is easy to access in places like Newburgh Restoration and Happy Hudson Valley. Did you talk to Pattern for Progress or Safe Harbors both captured in your photos? Your assessment is narrow and short sighted. Tufts deserves better.

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  4. Madeline Fletcher June 9, 2014 at 3:33 pm #

    Hi Rayn: I think your dream is alive in Newburgh and I am sorry you haven’t connected to more of the active initiatives. There is presently a Complete Street planning process underway in the city that will be a follow up to the new zoning resolution to be adopted this summer which will address many of the transportation issues you observed. In fact, while still leaving much to be desired, county-funded bus service doubled just in the past year or so better connecting the downtown area to essential points within and without the city borders. My work at the Newburgh Community Land Bank seeks to facilitate the reuse of vacant property in a way that aligns with good smart growth practices. In Newburgh, we also have a growing network of community gardens, and fuller scale urban farming is around the corner. At the center of everything happening in Newburgh, is a vibrant and hard working arts community, opportunities to own architecturally spectacular and significant homes and buildings, and booming small businesses popping up in, and relocating to, Newburgh (a new urban outdoor market, a growing brewery, furniture company, designers, printing press, book binder, cafes, etc. etc.). Newburgh has many bright, knowledgeable and energetic people working hard to implement best practices and new ideas. Beacon was similarly situated not very long ago and in many ways, Newburgh has more to offer. The NY Mag article from 2010 focused only on the negative and the positives have only grown since then. Please visit again; I’d be happy to show you more of what’s happening in Newburgh!

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  5. Giovanni June 9, 2014 at 3:46 pm #

    I appreciate you taking the time to write about Newburgh. As a local architect I had the honor to work on the master plan for Habitat’s East Parmenter Street project, and was part of the team tasked with master planning the urban renewal areas of the waterfront with Andres Duany.

    I can tell you that there is so much more to Newburgh. For instance the significant contribution to american architecture and landscape design. The church you refer to is an example, designed by A.J. Davis and listed as one of the world’s endangered structures.

    Another is the people. Those that choose to live in Newburgh are the pioneers that will return this city to a different kind of greatness. Business like Newburgh Art Supply reflect the culture of art and Cafe Macchiato the success of a wonderful boutique cafe overlooking George Washington’s home the last year of the revolution.

    So I encourage you to return to Newburgh and walk the city with one of the great people of Newburgh, understand it’s history and why we need to preserve it. True be know, this city has bones you can’t buy.

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  6. Rayn Riel June 9, 2014 at 10:13 pm #

    Thank you all for your comments. I completely understand that I don’t understand Newburgh, and I’m confident that all of you have a better understanding of the city. I’m also confident that you are all doing great work, and I’m sorry if your general impression from this piece was that all of your good work has gone unmentioned and unnoticed from someone who did not bother to talk to you. My intention was not to create a negative article, but if this was your impression, then I will make sure to reflect on my style.

    Of course, Newburgh has great things already in place, and even greater potential for the future. All of you clearly believe so — and are also putting your beliefs into action with your blood, sweat, and tears. I deeply respect that and when I’m back in town, I’d be honored to get a tour of the city and volunteer my time for the day as well. Some of my family members live nearby, and I have a family friend (an artist) that moved to Newburgh in the early 2000s from my hometown of Brooklyn, so I’m sure that I’ll be back soon. In fact, I’ll make it a goal of mine to get back ASAP.

    The main purpose of this article was to highlight the issues facing the city, and to correlate these issues with transportation infrastructure. With more time, I would have gladly met with the organizations mentioned in your comments, but given that I only had a few hours, I talked to a bus driver, a bodega owner, a local artist, and Habitat for Humanity. I’m aware that larger projects necessitate meetings with public agencies, planners, elected officials, NGOs, and grassroots groups. The 3 hours that I had in Newburgh last week were a restriction for this piece. The emphasis of the piece was etic-based and not emic-based, and I’m glad that my outside perspective was, at least, useful.

    In the end, as a student, I greatly appreciate your criticisms and I will work to improve my articles in the future with more a greater focus on the people that make up a place. Thank you again for your time to comment and also to provide new information, which I enjoyed learning about (and hopefully other readers did too). I look forward to learning more about the active policy, planning, and design initiatives that some of you mentioned when I return to the city.

    By the way, out of curiosity, how did (all of) you find this article and/or this website?

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    • hb June 9, 2014 at 10:34 pm #

      Your outside perspective was helpful, at least to me, and I’m sure will lead to some creative discussion, and perhaps even a few solutions!

      Here’s some interesting reading for you: newburghrestoration.com

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  7. Rayn Riel June 9, 2014 at 10:40 pm #

    Thank you, that site seems like a great resource. I’ll check it out.

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  8. James Holland June 17, 2014 at 11:09 am #

    Just moved to Newburgh. Love it! That said, I agree better transportation would help Newburgh (although I disagree with a fair amount of the article). The ferry especially should run more often and on weekends! Right now it’s carefully targeted at commuters which undercuts its full potential. Also the Newburgh to Beacon bus schedule is a carefully guarded secret. The other bus schedules are easy to find online, but not that one. I see the fancy new bus go by…no schedule at the stop…can’t find it online…weird. Also did I mention the ferry doesn’t run enough? Not everyone leaves work at 5p exactly, so it would be great if it ran later. And did I mention IT SHOULD RUN ON WEEKENDS? And hourly during non-commuting hours? Seems obvious living here. Still love Newburgh but that would really improve it.

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    • hb June 17, 2014 at 11:21 am #

      James, why don’t you come to the June 18 NPBA event at the Denniston B and B (Nancy’s place) and tell the city manager yourself. It is important for us to prioritize the limited funds (each passenger on the ferry is subsidized to the tune of about 16 dollars! for the 1.50 ride) That said, a ferry at evening and weekends would be great.
      (If we can’t afford the ferry, maybe the Newburgh Rowing club or the kayakers could lend a hand..;)

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  9. Rayn Riel June 17, 2014 at 11:34 am #

    Thank you so much for posting your suggestions! I really appreciate it.

    Does anyone know if the subsidies for the ferry are paid for by counties, the state, and/or the federal government? Wondering if the funding listed on Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newburgh%E2%80%93Beacon_Ferry) is correct.

    HB, I will be in town in a few weeks, and I’ll make sure to let you know in advance, once I know the specifics!

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    • hb June 17, 2014 at 12:24 pm #

      The MTA has to look for the funding sources. It can be at a number of levels. I would think the county has a big stake in making sure this gets up and running…see you soon!

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  10. Rayn Riel June 17, 2014 at 4:49 pm #

    Thank you! Yes, see you soon!

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  11. JC bender June 17, 2014 at 9:21 pm #

    Excellent article!!!

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  12. Syed S. Ahmed July 13, 2014 at 11:00 am #

    The article captured the major afflictions blighting Newburgh in the short amount of time you spend there. Individual efforts by NGOs and private organizations are the leavening agent but improving infrastructure, reducing crime and creating better schools and jobs would require thoughtful planning and help from State and Business community.

    Syed

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  13. barbara November 12, 2015 at 8:27 am #

    another resource for positive developments in newburgh: newburghny.org (updated site coming soon.
    AND
    The Newburgh Armory Unity Center: newburgharmory.org

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  14. beacon December 25, 2015 at 10:11 pm #

    Yes, MTA ferry goes to Newburgh, NY from MNR at Beacon, NY but do not forget the non-revenue Beacon Line! Splits off at Beacon, goes along east towards Harlem Line and New Haven Line. It’s the track along the eastern edge of Main Street in Beacon, going next to the sidewalk and waterfall… Maybe one day they will put it back in service!

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beacon_Line

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  15. RR January 20, 2016 at 12:08 pm #

    “Vice President Gore decries what he calls urban sprawl — the development of suburban and rural lands at the expense of wilderness. But analysts point out that the flight from inner-cities has coincided with the quest by parents to find decent public schools for their children.

    So instead of just throwing money at the sprawl problem, wouldn’t it be better to discourage what might be called education flight by upgrading city school?

    According to a USA Today analysis, nine out of 26 major U.S. cities saw their populations decline between 1996 and 1998.

    Education Week’s annual report “Quality Counts” examined the performance of fourth-grade students in urban and suburban schools and found that in all but two states suburban students scored better than their urban counterparts — in some cases significantly so.

    For example, 27 percent of students in urban school districts in New Jersey scored at or above the basic level on a reading test — while 73 percent of suburban students scored at or above the basic level.

    Nationwide, 43 percent of urban students met or beat the basic level — versus 63 percent of suburban students.

    As sprawl spreads, so does the decline of schools. Those suburban school districts on the edge of cities that were once considered excellent see their districts decline from good to mediocre and even to poor — driving those families that can afford it even further out.

    Gore wants to spend $700 million to restore urban parks, protect open space and clean up old industrial sites. Analysts are urging him to rethink that and back plans to provide parents with vouchers so their children can attend high-quality schools — and maybe education flight and urban sprawl will take care of themselves”

    Source: Donavan M. Wilson (National Center for Policy Analysis), and Merrill Matthews Jr. (USA Radio Network), “End Urban Sprawl? Improve City Schools,” Investor’s Business Daily, November 16, 1999.

    – See more at: http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=10989#sthash.vMUAwOLo.dpuf

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    • SG March 27, 2016 at 1:04 pm #

      I just read your 2014 post and responses to it from several people I know who live or work in Newburgh. I live 15 minutes south of the city in Cornwall and I’ve spent a lot of time connecting with people, organizations and issues there to try and contribute to the restoration of the city’s prosperity, health and environmental sustainability. As noted by many others here, there’s an amazing energy, dedication and love for this community among many residents, city leaders and staff and others working there (and I’m not the only person I know who does not live there but who have made some personal commitment to work on revitalization initiatives). There’s a very strong community of artists, artisans, more new businesses, non-profits and community organizations making Newburgh an exciting place to live or visit. The City held an open house yesterday on a large waterfront property where an old junkyard was recently cleaned up and this site offers an incredible view of the Hudson River, Storm King Mountain, West Point and Bannerman’s Island. It was great to see people I know there and meet some new friends – the community’s engaged in an active dialogue about to reuse this site, with an idea board posted yesterday to write suggestions. Watch for news about a new initiative focused on the role of urban trees and green space for healthy, attractive and sustainable neighborhoods at this website: http://www.cunysustainablecities.org/

      We’re working on a project to build on the legacy of Andrew Jackson Downing, the founder of landscape design in the U.S., who lived and worked in Newburgh, which was the home for his genesis of 19th-century ideas about the importance of green space and thoughtful design for social cohesion, democracy and health in cities. Newburgh is now poised to be a center for a re-birth of this heritage as a showcase for ways to make our cities vital and sustainable in the 21st-century – this Safe Harbors Green project is one example that’s being built this year: http://www.safe-harbors.org/safe-harbors/donations/#green

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      • Rayn Riel March 27, 2016 at 5:32 pm #

        Thank you for letting us know!

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  16. Railfan196 July 22, 2016 at 12:31 am #

    I always liked taking the Hudson Line better than Port Jervis Line. For one, it does not require a transfer at Secaucus, and it goes right to GCT. But also, scenic views, more frequent (more than 1 track), level-boarding speeds up service (third rail closer towards GCT so stations are raised)… in general, more service. Retail stands, soda machines, signage, lighting, ads, art, community boards, multimodal connections, countdown clocks, heated waiting areas, bike racks, recycle bins… parking permit lots… Ofc Port Jervis has these too but for disabled passengers, they need to go to the special raised section to get on board the NJT/MNR service. Lots goes into making a station.

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    • Mark July 31, 2016 at 2:19 pm #

      yes, a lot of improvement. used to have poor signage, a lot less accessibility.
      imagine commuting as a disabled person – still terrible, but getting better.
      better trains, platforms, etc.

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  17. Naturelov November 1, 2016 at 1:01 pm #

    Hudson valley is so beautiful….




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