Hey Mr. Mayor… An interview with Steve Noble

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Kingston Mayor Steve Noble with his wife Julie and their son Matthew.

The new year brings on a lot of changes. A new season, new diets, gym memberships and maybe a new job… Well, definitely a new job for Kingston’s new mayor, Steve Noble. With almost 2 months under his political belt, we had the chance to sit down and talk all things Kingston and greenspaces with our exciting new Mr. Mayor.

What inspired you to run for mayor?
I found myself saying that “I wish” the city could do this or that “ I hoped” the city would get this done and I realized, that while I was already working for City Government, I still was somewhat on the sidelines and that instead of waiting for the changes that I believe the community wanted, I should jump into the mix and take more of a leadership role.

I also have a five year old son, and I want his childhood to be as good as mine was, and I want him to be able to live here when he is older, so we need a thriving, sustainable community for that to happen, and I hope I can help move us that direction.

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The Fab Four: Sections and Segments of the Kingston Greenline

Four sections of the Kingston Greenline

Four sections of the Kingston Greenline

As a city-wide network, the Kingston Greenline is made up of lots of different sections and segments, each of which is at different stages of development and, even when complete, will look, feel and work very differently. Here’s an overview of how we divide up the Kingston Greenline into four main sections:

Roundout Section

This section comprises the Kingston Point Rail Trail, which begins at Chester Street and continues to the Rondout Creek, as well as several complete-streets connections in Midtown and in the vicinity of East Strand. The Rondout Section includes a trolley trail segment from East Strand to Kingston Point, as well as future trails/promenades to and within the site known as the Hudson Landing. The communities surrounding the Rondout Section, while largely residential, also include the Lower Broadway Business District, as well as the sensitive natural environment around the confluence of Rondout Creek and the Hudson River.

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let’s ease(ment) into it

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It’s no secret that people are flocking to the Hudson Valley to sail on the Hudson River, explore the Shawangunks and Catskills, and enjoy the food that comes from our local farms. Many, too, are choosing to make this place home because it mixes small cities with rural communities and is still only a short drive or train ride from New York City.

But, all of this interest brings with it new challenges. Population increase naturally leads to more development, and many of the farms and open spaces that make this such a unique area are now at risk of being converted into subdivisions or strip malls. Subdividing large properties for housing and retail stores provide a quick return on developers’ investments, so they are often willing to pay more per acre than single families and farmers. In this way, the demand for living and playing in the Hudson Valley drives land values up, threatens farmland, and leads to sprawl.

In the United States, 13 million acres of farmland were converted to development between 1983 and 2010, averaging 1,320 acres per day. According to the latest USDA Census on Agriculture, Ulster County saw a 3% decrease in the number of its farms and lost nearly 4,000 acres of farmland between 2007 and 2012.

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Greenline progress… Opening soon?

Kingston Land Trust Rail Trail Construction

We’ve Been Working on the Greenline. Tangible Progress in 2015, Trail Opening in 2016? We’re Pulling for it.

The Kingston Point Rail Trail (KPRT) will be a recreational non-motorized transportation paved trail on a former rail bed within a property corridor owned by the City of Kingston that connects Midtown at East Chester Street with the waterfront. It will turn out to be a great way to commute for some. The conversion of former rail bed to trail features gentle grades from the Broadway commercial corridor through residential neighborhoods, to the Rondout Gardens multifamily residential area with easy connection to the Rondout waterfront district and Kingston Point.

The KPRT design has been unveiled after years of conceptual planning by Alta Planning+Design, design development by Saratoga Associates and engineering work to develop construction documents by KC Engineering. The Kingston engineering firm of Brinnier & Larios did all the survey work for us. Hone Strategic assisted in the public outreach and community engagement. You can download and view all the plans and documents online on the Kingston Greenline page of the City of Kingston Economic Development page.

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Greenline Trail Mixer

KLT_TrailMixer_Draft02We know you’re excited to learn more about The Kingston Land Trust’s major initiative… The Kingston Greenline. What is the Greenline you ask? Well, it’s a system of linear parks, rail trails and complete streets that connects residents and visitors to Kingston NY’s natural, historic, cultural and commercial assets!

WHO: Kingston Land Trust
WHAT: Greenline Trail Mixer
WHEN: Mon, 3/28/16, 6:30pm – 9pm
WHERE: Immanuel Lutheran Church:
22 Livingston St, Kingston, NY 12401
WHY: Learn about the Greenline and volunteer to be part of this amazing project.

We’ll unveil our 2016 schedule and call for volunteers to sign up to help with our work! Food & drinks provided.

Bike Clinic at the Repair Cafe

Screen Shot 2016-02-29 at 3.38.49 PMBike-Friendly Kingston is partnering with the Repair Cafe for a special FREE bike clinic!

WHO: Bike Friendly Kingston
WHAT: Bike Clinic at the Repair Cafe
WHEN: Sat, 3/12/16, 11am – 3pm
WHERE: Clinton Avenue United Methodist:
122 Clinton Ave, Kingston, NY 12401
WHY: Get your bike and YOURSELF ready for Spring.

There will be basic bike repair, information, giveaways, and helmet fitting. We will have Spanish translators on hand. After your bike is fixed up, stay for a short ride around town. Did I mention it’s FREE?!?