Date of Award

1981

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Community Planning

First Advisor

Marcia Marker Feld

Abstract

The Catskill region of New York State is known to the world as the setting of Washington Irving's tales of Rip Van Winkle and as the home of lavish resorts. The term "Catskills" also depicts an image of beautiful forested mountains and streams with hunters and fisherman roaming the land. To some, the Catskills brings back recollections of the Woodstock generation of a decade ago. The Catskills as a recreation and resort area obscures the full extent of the region. It has more than magnificent mountains and streams. A diverse agricultural economy produces dairy products, poultry and eggs, vegetables and fruits. "The Catskill region is also known to a more limited number of people as a beautiful rural area that is in imminent danger of being overtaken by an advancing surge emanating from the New York City metropolitan area. Productive dairy and truck farm, mountain slopes and peaks, clear trout streams of unmatched quality and the historical and cultural traditions of rural villages stand face to face with the kind of modern land development practices that have destroyed rural lifestyles and caused severe environmental problems in other scenic areas of the country."

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