Wednesday, July 06, 2005
Squatters still survive in Hudson, NY!
Eighteen riverside squatter shanties remain in Hudson, NY. The occupants have fended off the government for decades--and public officials concede they've achieved a stalemate. "They're clearly squatters on city land and don't pay taxes, but they're not bothering anybody," Hudson Mayor Rick Scalera says. "There's no potential development plan for the land anyway. They're tucked away next to a sewer treatment plant and an abandoned sewing factory. I consider it a case of out of sight, out of mind." Here's an Albany Times Union profile of these two throwback communities, one in the lagoon at North Bay, the other on Middle Ground Flats, an island in the Hudson River. Great historical detail: back in the 1930s and 40s, when Hudson had a hard core working waterfront, bar owners posted an illuminated sign in the river to lure passing boaters to the town's 68 taverns.