Weekly Link Round Up

he weekly link roundup is a collection of links related to Newburgh, revitalization, urban planning and anything else that might inspire change or create dialogue. Photo by Jillian Elder, Victory Designs.

The Rebranding of the Bronx [NYT]
Three cheers for those who bring good ideas to life [THR]
Habitat Newburgh, local faith coalitions dedicate homes [MHN]
Newburgh Police to have more eyes on city streets with additional cameras [MHN]
Developer aims to transform historic Kearny shipyard into 21st-century workspace [RENJ]
Let’s Get Real About: The Potential Audiences for Events at Arts Venues in Smaller Downtowns [NDM]

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  • Hi –

    As a former born and bred in The Bronx native, now residung in Newburgh, I enjoy your blogs. I can’t wait to read them, clicking it first on my day;s Email list..

    One minor point; Mrs. Rosenblum, back in 1949, my 7RA English teacher, who would regale us with tales of her early The Bronx childhood, i.e. remembering as a child when Fordham Road was a cowpath, also taught us pride in The Bronx. The name came from the time when the Broncks family was the only European family above Manhattan, and people refered to the area as The Broncks.
    She was very adamant that the “T” in the The Bronx was to be capitalized. I wince whenever I see it not capitalized. Would you kindly capitalize the “T” when refering to The Bronx, tp keepo this old codger happy?

    Should you have some spare time in your obviously busy day, Wikipedia has a very interesting read on The Bronx. It also incudes a reason for its capitalization.

    Wishing you the very best,
    Nick M.

  • I’ll assume the ‘Alembic’ project will patronize an agency of the disabled community, hence the public disclosure. As such, the agency would be exempt from paying property taxes. For a project that’s touting itself as being ‘community generated’ I have yet to see any preliminary proposal of Alembic nor of the other two applicants. I’m familiar with rfp’s, so there has to be some basis as to the design, costs and, in this case, potential for revenue. Is it buried in the City web site? The general idea for this project is that it will be a net tax gain for the municipality and the property taxes collected from the housing and retail will pay for the construction of the community center(s) aspect. Show me that…and spare me the “hater” narrative. As my better half has dedicated her career to servicing the mentally disabled community, we’re not ignorant to the matter on its humanitarian nor the bureaucratic level. A municipality enlarge does itself and, in affect, any select community it seeks to be a patron of a disservice if it cannot support its endeavors because of a imbalance relative to taxed and tax exempt entities. Sometimes there’s an irony in self-fulfilling prophecies despite positive expectations. The project’s concept is great…just show me that it will not be exasperating the homeless problem because it taxed someone else onto the street.

    • Thanks, once again, Walt for bringing some needed oversight into another tricky subject. I’ve learned so much from your perspectives and along with my experiences have come to the conclusion that the City of Newburgh is in a constant state of desperation(despite the rah-rah crowd- mostly closet investors who think they can eventually cash in) because of its unsustainable practices of ignoring its largest impediment to investment: its outrageous taxes. Anyone with a hint of logic can easily ascertain that these proposals are farthest from what is needed and will eventually result in a crash. We still haven’t heard an answer from any of our “representatives” on our Council as to why we’re optioning land to a developer with no track record- for a parking lot on riverview property. (Not counting the ignorant remark by one councilperson who said it would brings millions of dollars in economic development- remarks based on, surprise, surprise, a “study” published by a paid consultant for the developer.) We still haven’t learned how a slum supermarket on a prime thoroughfare would add to our quality of living. (But we do know that it’s “inspired” unprecedented support from a sector of our community who haven’t been as vocal on any other issue in the 25 years I’ve lived here.) In spite of all these recent development proposals, a key element that’s been ignored now for years is parking regulations and parking availability in general- or even a public transportation solution. Maybe it’s because there will be more and more people being relocated here who can’t afford to own a car and god forbid we made it easier for those coming from outside our community to patronize the handful of small businesses who are brave enough to be situated in our downtown area.