I think this is rather funny. I've just been reading some of the past posts in this group and people do not like Putnam County at all... big surprise right? Well for me, it's not just the boredom of being home, I'm an Urban Planning major at the University at Albany. Putnam County was the focus on my most recent paper, the topic covered was the planning techniques of a sprawling suburb. When I was writing this paper, I was thinking about the county as a whole, not just the Carmel, Kent area where I reside for four months of the year.
I see this place as having an interesting positive-negative aspect. The county is a mix of rural/suburbia. It hosts as bedroom communities for the workforces of Danbury, CT, White Plains and of course, New York City. Twenty years from now, some of us will find ourselves back in that area and it's going to be a lot different than it is today. A lot of the beauty and nature that most people in my age group oversee, will be turned into large houses with 2 car garages and the manicured front and back yards.
I know that the lack of commercial entities makes the place rather boring for most people reading this but if you like the outdoors, or hiking, Putnam County is your home. We have a beautiful state park with 2 lakes, 4 ponds, part of the Appalachian Trail, and a campground. There's the Ninham Mountain Multiple Use Area which features a pond, and a couple trails, my favorite part is going up the watchtower at the top and looking out at everything. There's the Buddhist monastery in Kent that contains the largest Buddha in the Western hemisphere which attracts people from all over the country, if not world.
Putnam County has been rapidly changing. It's hold the title as the 5th fastest growing county in New York State. Soon, it will probably look like the rest of suburbia. And by the way, I don't take the I'm bored excuse anymore...the entire county is capable of getting to different Metro North stations which can take you right down to New York City. I think a lot of people like to settle on "I'm bored" before they actually use their minds to think of something creative to do. For me, that's the city so I can hook up with friends from college.
I don't know, I guess my point is that although many of us don't like the area, and I know I have plenty of problems there, we may actually miss it when it all looks the same as everywhere else. Maybe this is all the planning nerd coming out of me but if you think about it, there will be people our age that will decide to settle down and live here. And it won't be the same.
Anyway, sorry about the random post, but I had to get it off my mind. I thought my paper was going to turn out with a very negative perspective of the region, which it has plenty of, but there was a lot more positive than I ever thought...what I want to know is how fellow planning major Chuck Johnson's paper about the area turned out since we both grew up and graduated together in Carmel. Haha, now that's small world.
By the way, Putnam County is not as cold as the Capital Region and in Putnam County, you basically don't have to worry about being shot, where you kind of have to in Albany. And there are much more boring areas than Putnam where there's no train to get to NYC. So consider yourselves lucky.