Peter Cipkowski Speaks on Hudson’s Urban Renewal of the 1970s

Chipp’s Market, 39 South Front Street, opposite Franklin Square.

Join us for the latest in our Local History Speaker series: A Brief History of Hudson’s Experience with Urban Renewal” by Peter Cipkowski on Thursday, October 26 at 6pm. Cipkowski will give an illustrated talk about Hudson’s urban renewal in the 1970s, a massive undertaking that impacted hundreds of families and changed the city forever.

The presentation, based on historical documents and conversations with project leaders and local residents, will provide both context and an overview of how, and why, urban renewal unfolded in Hudson. It 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.

This event is free and open to the public. A question and answer period and reception will follow the talk. For more information email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

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