Should the New York City metropolitan area have more people and more jobs? If so, how many more? Where in the 31-county region should they be located? And what needs to be done to ensure a habitable environment for everybody?
What is being done is nowhere near what is needed. The local public schools are not using to the full extent the skills and the knowledge and the resources of the amazing communities they serve. Busing more kids around may help, but it’s not going to the heart of the problem.
Alissa Quart writes about the effect of culture and individual choice, while Joseph Stiglitz focuses on the influence of public policy. Both recently spoke in the Hudson Valley.
Remembering Pauline Oliveros, plus a comparison of two local meetup groups.
The Ulster County Industrial Agency, whose job it is to promote economic development, usually by offering tax incentives to developers it deems worthy, recently had a membership shakeup.
For the past year, Norwegian Air has been making a big splash in the Hudson Valley economy with its inexpensive fares for transatlantic flights between Stewart Airport in Newburgh and a handful of European destinations. But the highly leveraged Scandinavian discount carrier’s plans — and indeed its very independence — may be in jeopardy.
What if a public body advertised and held an annual hearing about an important policy and no one showed up to suggest changes? And then people complained about the implementation of the unchanged policy, going so far as to accuse the members of the public body of being corrupt? That’s what’s been going on in Ulster County.
A congressional district where a decade ago less than a million dollars was being spent every two years is this year facing $20 million and probably more in political spending on the general election.
Science and engineering dean Dan Freedman is convinced that 3D manufacturing will continue to have a major impact “on any industry where you make things.” In manufacturing, it’s a design tool, he says, applicable to a very wide variety of problems and a variety of situations.
How do you embrace change in a small city that’s been around for a long time? Carefully. Very carefully, with the ideas of lots and lots of different people.