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Planning for the future involves looking at the past



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Yonkers murals look at the past as a way to see the present

The Hudson River played a key role in the development of many towns & villages along its length and in the ...

  • Transportation of goods and products from Albany to New York City
  • Defense of the colonies during the American Revolution
  • Movement of people throughout the valley
  • Providing power for mills
  • Food for the settlers

Some areas of the river have/had unique resources or better access than others. Be sure to consider the unique resources of your study area and consider these questions:

  • What has attracted people to your area?
  • Do you think the river plays as important a role today in the community as it did in the past? Will your proposed project connect to any part of the Hudson River, or its past?
  • How have businesses in your community made use of the river in the past?
  • What is the current community like in your area?
  • What do you think is special or unique that should be maintained or enhanced in your community?
  • What are the problems that need to be addressed?
  • Can you think of a past industry that managed to balance economic improvement, environmental protection, and community focus?
  • What are the major businesses in your community? If one of these business were to leave the community how would this affect other local business?







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