//Columns & Op-Ed Articles

HV Regional Housing Market Report

Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress in partnership with Better Homes and Garden Rand Realty releases the Winter 2020 Hudson Valley Regional Housing Market Report.

A Tale of Two Markets
Annual Median Sale Price
Total Closed Sales
Percentage of  List Price Received
Inventory of Homes
Market Data

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Jonathan Drapkin & Joe Czajka – My view: Gentrification – A delicate balance

Gentrification. For some, it’s a word that suggests progress. For others, concern.

For decades, the Hudson Valley’s urban areas didn’t get the attention they deserved.

In recent years, with an improving economy, more efforts are focused on revitalization. Mayors who want nothing but the best for residents and businesses keep close tabs on it.

While each of Orange […]

Jonathan Drapkin-It’s Time to Plan for Coming Growth

September 4, 2016

It was a long road back, but an analysis of New York State employment data for the seven-county Hudson Valley region shows that we have just about returned to the 1.1 million people employed that we had when the bottom fell out in 2007.

Yet, changes have come as well. In the past 10 […]

Jonathan Drapkin: All Roads Lead to Need for Better Infrastructure

May 18. 2016

Infrastructure — not the most exciting thing that government does, but when it fails, boy are citizens upset.

It is national Infrastructure Week. Events are taking place all over the country to try to bring attention to an expenditure that typically draws the response, “Why pay for it today when we can put it off until […]

2018-12-06T16:48:25-04:00May 19th, 2016|Categories: Columns & Op-Ed Articles|

Managing Casino Expectations

By Jonathan Drapkin

Posted Jan. 3, 2016

Lofty resolutions are a tradition at the start of a new year. But a few resolutions must be well-grounded in reality – such as those that come along with a new resort casino.

For decades, Sullivan County pursued a dream to have a full-fledged, casino-style gaming facility. Last month, that dream […]

2016-03-15T17:28:13-04:00January 4th, 2016|Categories: Columns & Op-Ed Articles, News|Tags: , , , |

Education Economics 101: Fair Shake for All

By Barbara Gref, Vice President for Education Research at Pattern for Progress

Special to the Times Herald-Record

The Times Herald-Record’s article of Sept. 5 is heartening: In three city school districts, graduation rates have gone up. This is good news for Monticello, Kingston and Port Jervis. The article also points to some good news statewide, from 2005 […]

2018-12-06T16:48:26-04:00September 16th, 2015|Categories: Columns & Op-Ed Articles|

In Albany, Smart Dialogue Trumps Reckless War

February 2015

Since the Great Recession, economic development has dominated statewide priorities. Now, it is education’s turn. What a great opportunity. Yet, while improving education seems like something everyone can get behind, the issue is as divisive as ever.

No matter how the statistics are framed, there are […]

2018-12-06T16:48:27-04:00February 23rd, 2015|Categories: Columns & Op-Ed Articles|Tags: , |