Poughkeepsie Journal: Walkway Has Spurred Change, Improved Region

By: John W. Barry

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The neighborhood was quiet. 

The railroad that, in its heyday, funneled 3,500 train cars daily, 212 feet above the Hudson River, had long ago ceased operations.

For decades, the Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge towered over the City of Poughkeepsie unused, a dilapidated relic haunting Hudson River views.

Today, the reimagined bridge is a signature sight for the mid-Hudson Valley.

In the 10 years since it was opened, the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park has hosted more than five million visitors and become a global destination that showcases the natural beauty for which the region is known.

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