Terry O'Shaughnessy

Hudson

What’s on your wish list for Hudson?

With the new SDC business organization in town, it’s time for merchants, and everyone for that matter, to make a wish list of what they think Hudson needs. What would be on your list?

I have a sense that there are some very specific things jotted down already.

There are, of course, items on the list that still require some heavy lifting, like a sustainable vision for the town’s future.

But there are other things to jot down as well as we head towards the formation of an SDC.

Better signage may be on your wish list; it’s on mine.

Like many others, I wish for signs on main roads such as…well…Main Road, that point in the direction of Hudson’s beautiful walking trails, the Hudson Village Theatre, historical Greenwood House, and the lakeside site of the Jack Layton Memorial Park that was dedicated with such fanfare last year. To name a few. These are Hudson gems, after all. I’m thinking an attractive pole surrounded by flowers at the corner of Main and Cameron with shingles pointing in the direction of each of these things.

Better parking has to be another “must” on any SDC wish list. Take Sandy Beach, for example.

How many towns can offer, yes, a sandy beach, to its residents or day trippers? But there’s literally no parking to be had. Well, there is parking at the nearby Jack Layton Memorial Park. Actually, there’s quite a lot of it. But you don’t know that. A few signs would do the trick here again.

Greenwood is another place that could use some parking. It’s a wondrous heritage property that’s almost 300 years old, and right in Hudson, but visitors to its historical gardens and house must grapple with where to unload their cars first.

These are just a couple of the things that crossed my mind when I heard that an SDC would be formed.

I know that there is still work to do as far as fashioning an overall strategy for sparking the commercial fortunes of Hudson. Clarifying the vision of a workable Hudson for the future is one. Tapping into the undoubted cultural power of the town is another.

But making a wish list for the future is helpful, and, well, fun. And hopeful.

What would you put on your wish list for Hudson?

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