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Shared Streets Ends November 1

Hudson’s Shared Streets program ends on November 1. Since its beginning in June, this program has successfully assisted our restaurants and businesses along Warren Street to make the best of the extreme challenges presented by the coronavirus.

As the program ends on Sunday, November 1, permit holders are required to remove all equipment and obstacles in the parking spaces by the end of the day on November 3.  Any further use of parking spaces will be governed by Chapter 305 of the Hudson City Code and subject to any permits issued by the Hudson Police Department. Business owners are required to maintain proper passage of 4’ for pedestrians on sidewalks in front of their establishments.

The City would like to recognize the efforts of its city employees and volunteers who helped make the program a success, in particular the efforts of the Hudson Police Department, Department of Public Works, Hudson Fire Department, and the Office of Code Enforcement.

The Shared Streets program was made possible by the strong support of the Hudson Tourism Board, the Columbia Economic Development Corporation, and The Spark of Hudson. The City is also very grateful for the generous donation from Mark and Deborah D’Arcy who offset the lost parking revenues the city would have incurred and thus avoided having to charge any permit fees during the program.

The successful implementation of the program was due to the intrepid efforts of Hudson Hall; Peter Spear & FUTURE Hudson; Kaja Kuhl & You Are The City; Elena Mosley & Operation Unite NY; Columbia-Greene Workforce Development Office; Columbia-Greene Media, Marc Scrivo; Basil Nooks, and everyone who served as Shared Streets Ambassadors.

No one knows what the future of this pandemic will be and whether there will be a need for a resumption of the program in the Spring. The City will continue to work with stakeholders to anticipate what future programs will be necessary and how they can benefit everyone in the city. It is notable that despite the legitimate concerns that Shared Streets could result in unpleasant consequences, the program worked very well and resulted in very few complaints. That is a testament to the efforts of Hudson business owners, residents, and our city employees in making this work. That community spirit will help us through the upcoming winter and give us hope for a reopening in the spring.