Less Divided

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

1 thought on “Less Divided”

  1. I would tend to agree with both points of view as presented. As recent transplants from NYC to Kingston, my wife & I have noticed that while Kingston has such incredible potential, the city (meaning both gov’t & residents) seems to be struggling in reasserting itself.

    Part of the issue may well be the city’s distinct division into the aforementioned 3 areas. For such a small sized city, Kingston seems to be a true microcosm of America. I agree with you in that while distinction should normally be a cause of celebration, when lack of communication and or true action exist (as can be argued it does in Kingston), then a lack of progress from the status quo usually arises.

    If the 3 business organiztions do not currently communicate or act together they should do so in order to not only foster a more active sense of community & growth but to better capitalize on the enormous potential offered in the area. I commend you on working to actively implement postive change in the city.


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