Land Use Expert Kevin Dwarka Redesigns the City of Poughkeepsie.
Speaking before the Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation’s annual breakfast in June, keynote speaker and land use expert, Kevin Dwarka, spoke about his efforts to redesign Poughkeepsie’s urban landscape. He described Poughkeepsie as having the potential to be a “healthy city” – a city that provides advantages to pedestrian traffic.
Mr. Dwarka detailed the train station, the waterfront, its neighborhoods, historical buildings and Main Street as the city’s assets, but also as its challenges.
Overcoming the economic development challenges in the city is one task. Creating a common vision of a revitalized Poughkeepsie is another. Mr. Dwarka’s ideas involve reconnecting the city’s neighborhoods that for too long have been segmented from the downtown by the arterials and expanding the retail and commercial use of the areas around the train station and on Parker Avenue at the end of the Walkway.
The abbreviated version of Kevin Dwarka’s presentation above is simply some highlights. To fully understand his vision for the city and the methods by which he developed his recommendations, the complete, 30-minute presentation below is well worth investing the time to view.