The Promise of Public Banks
The only one in the US is in North Dakota, but a growing movement believes the model can create a more stable economy and fund projects like the Green New Deal.
America’s Digital Divide
From commerce and culture to social connection, almost no segment of contemporary life is untouched by the internet. In many rural communities, limited broadband access remains a barrier to 21st-century connectivity.
Banking on Recovery
Land banking is a creative tool to convert abandoned and vacant properties into affordable housing.
The Hudson Valley Space Race
With the specter of gentrification looming large, the Hudson Valley is ground zero for testing models of inclusive development.
Green Gold Rush
With a crowded field of groups each pushing their agenda, comprehensive cannabis legalization in New York falters.
The Rent Is Too Damn High
New legislation allows municipalities across the state to opt in to rent stabilization laws
Our Aging Infrastructure: Peril and Opportunity
As a nation, we’re not doing very well at keeping our systems running. Here's why.
Block by block, town by town, gentrification is transforming the Hudson Valley.
Our Growing Local News Desert
Local news is in crisis. Can new business models stay the damage, here and across the U.S?
No Cure for Rural?
The rural parts of the Hudson Valley are contending with problems felt in rural places all over the nation.
Are PILOTs A Race To The Bottom?
Tax deals promising jobs, like the one offered to Amazon HQ, are ubiquitous in New York State, but the net effect for communities like those in the Hudson Valley are not clear.
The Environmental Costs of Road Salt
Putting rock salt on roads to keep them clear of ice and snow has become a mainstay of road management. The trouble is: After it’s used, it doesn’t disappear.
The problem of shrinking student enrollment ticks silently away until it becomes too urgent to ignore. Then it erupts into community outrage about tough decisions.
Legalized Marijuana in New York State: The Green Gold Rush
Andrew Cuomo unveils a plan for legalizing recreational marijuana in New York State.
NY’s REDC: Can Money Fix a Broken Economy?
Since 2011, New York State has made an annual late-December tradition of announcing millions in grants to businesses, nonprofits, and local governments. On December 18, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the eighth round of REDC funding.
The Airbnb Invasion
We made the 2019 "trending destinations" list. What does it mean for the Catskills and Hudson Valley?
Casinos: Win or Lose for the Hudson Valley?
Advocates have long hoped that Vegas-style casinos would restore some of the region’s luster. Can they succeed?