Renewing Kingston for a Second Time    (read full text    here   )   Architect Scott Dutton first visited Kingston, N.Y.—a Hudson River town 90 miles north of New York City—after graduating from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Fresh with architecture credentials, yet saddled with empty pockets, Dutton left New York looking for a less expensive place to call home. “I came up to the Hudson Valley one weekend and that was it,” he says. “There was something about the architecture of the city of Kingston that drew me in.”  Dutton visited in the summer of 1994. He’s been living and working in Kingston ever since.
   Renewal’s Toll on Newburgh    (read full text    here   )   In 1835, architect A.J. Davis designed the Dutch Reformed Church of Newburgh, N.Y. The Greek Revival structure was built atop a bluff overlooking the Hudson River. Its extravagant mass and southward-facing façade adorned with four thickly fluted Ionic columns welcomed river-bound visitors to this city 60 miles north of New York City.
   The Problem with Poughkeepsie    (read full text    here   )   Poughkeepsie received more urban renewal funds per capita than any other city in America. Route 9, the main north/south thoroughfare at the city’s eastern edge, was converted into a freestanding highway, cutting the city off from the riverfront while demolishing some 400 homes.