Friday, December 8, 2023

You Gotta Wonder Why!

Let's examine something that makes absolutely no sense. 

Here is a list of 7 downtown ONE WAY streets where parking is allowed on both sides during the day. 

8th Street, Columbia to Warren, 30 feet wide.

7th Street, State to Columbia, 30 feet wide.

6th Street, Union to State, 30 feet wide.

5th Street, State to Union, 30 feet wide.

4th Street, Union to State, 30 feet wide.

Prospect Street and Washington Street -- 30 feet wide.

What about 2nd Street?

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

It Only Took 5 Years, And It's Already Falling Apart!

In late May, Hudseen reported on our DPW installing a set of 4 crosswalks at the intersection of Warren & 7th Streets which cost the city over $2,000.  The article also mentioned how, years ago, 3rd ward council member Shershah Mizan had pleaded with Robert Perry to get a crosswalk across Prospect Avenue at the bottom of Rossman Avenue to no avail.  It took 4 or 5 years, but that crosswalk was installed by DPW sometime in the past two or three months, just in time for Shershah's return to the council next month.  He still might have to try to get our DPW Superintendent's ear about the new crosswalk, though.

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Whose Park Is It Anyway?

My issue with the sauna operation on the beach at Oakdale has to do with aesthetics more than anything else.  I think the 2 saunas and the changing room (all still on wheels), the tarp-covered wood piles and associated stuff is all ugly and unwelcome, and takes up too much space on the beach.   The beach, after all, is part of the hiking loop around the lake.

Ugly! Ugly! Ugliness!

I believe that the sign in the picture is known as a blade sign, though I could be wrong.  I do know that, regardless of content, this type of sign is totally inappropriate for downtown Hudson, or downtown anywhere, especially in a residential area and regardless of the district or zone.  

This obscene sign on Union Street is a stone's throw from the Hudson Code Enforcement office.  One wonders if Code Enforcement finds it to be acceptable.  If the sign is not a code violation, it certainly should be.

Once again, the question I often return to: Would this be acceptable on Warren Street for one day?  Would Code Enforcement still ignore it?

(Chapter 244-27 of our Code, Signs - Use of Moving Devices Prohibited, seems to render any signs that flutter in the breeze a violation, no matter where they are located.  This would likely include blade signs, though the word blade is not mentioned in the section.)

Monday, December 4, 2023

It's Kinda Funny, Right? (Until Someone Falls!)

As regular Hudseen readers likely know, there is now a special handicap parking space in front of Hudson City Hall on Warren Street, one that is not in line with the parking spaces in front of or behind it.  Columbia County also has one similar special handicap space in front a downtown buildings of theirs, allowing for an interesting and telling comparison between the two spaces and, more importantly, the adjacent sidewalks.

Our Pedestrian Friendly City

Saturday, December 2, 2023

This Is Acceptable? After 7 Months And For The Next Several Months?

It appears that National Grid recently packed up and moved on after finally completing their gas line replacement work in the 200 block of State Street, a project that began in May.  What a lovely mess they left behind for us that a contractor of theirs might clean up in the spring.  There is substantial professional repaving to be done if the street and the entire southern sidewalk are to resemble respectability and be returned to how National Grid found the surfaces 6 or 7 months ago.

You Gotta Wonder Why!

Let's examine something that makes absolutely no sense.  Here is a list of 7 downtown  ONE WAY streets where parking is allowed on both...