Someone once described Kingston to me as the “most divided place” in the Hudson Valley/Catskill region.
I would not say it is the most divided place, but there sure are a lot of spliters here and there.
Most notably is the division of the city into three parts: uptown, midtown and downtown with each section possessing separate “personalities.” To me, this is a good thing. It’s nice to see a place where each neighborhood has its own unique character.
But from an economic development perspective, these three distinct sections tend to work against us.
One way to strengthen the city would be to combine our three business associations. Within an umbrella organization, there could be three committees that focus on the needs of each section of town.
There could be other committees too. Perhaps there’s one that focuses on marketing the city externally. And another committee that focuses on marketing the city internally. Each committee could be task-oriented with specific annual goals.
Just a thought…
— Arthur Zaczkiewicz