Yonkers Deserves a Sustainable and Accessible Waterfront!

August 31, 2013

In the fall of 2012, Yonkers will be electing a mayor and new City Council, and the winning candidates will play a key role in the future of Yonkers’ waterfront. NYLCVEF has joined forces with Scenic Hudson and Riverkeeper to educate Yonkers voters about waterfront revitalization issues and the role that their elected officials play, and to engage them to vote for the candidate they feel has the best plan.

In the last decade, the Hudson River waterfront in Yonkers has undergone a sweeping revitalization.  This formerly ignored shoreline now boasts hundreds of new residential apartments, restaurants and other urban amenities, and a redeveloped public park and landscaped esplanade.

But despite this progress, Yonkers residents deserve more. The four-mile long shoreline still encompasses several blighted areas, and questions remain over whether and how these areas will be revitalized. Future development plans must include ample open space, smart growth principles such as adequate connections to existing mass transit, and full access to the waterfront for all Yonkers’ residents.

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