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This interview was conducted with Hallie DeLesline in the Perfect Ten clubhouse, on the top floor of the Hudson Area Public Library on Thursday, June 21, 2018. This interview may be of interest to those who want to learn about Hudson, its reputation and development, the role of Warren Street in particular, family and kinships, children on the autism spectrum, stigma, misconceptions, suggested improvements to the city of Hudson (namely sidewalks and bike lanes), extracurricular activities (especially music), as well as a summary of afterschool programs for youth in Hudson, and insights into resources for residents of Hudson and “hidden” opportunities and how to find them. This interview also touches on employment & jobs in Hudson, the dynamics of privilege and need, and home ownership versus rental. Hallie was 14 years old at the time of this recording.
Becky Carmel is a fourth-generation New Yorker, who was born & raised in Manhattan and moved to Brooklyn as a teen. She has raised a lot of kids through her work as a babysitter and nanny. She’s interested in how cities change, and has been involved in and learning from tenants’ rights groups in NYC for a few years. This was her first time participating in Oral History Summer School, and at the time of this interview had been in Hudson for four days.
This interview is hereby made available for research purposes only. For additional uses (radio and other media, music, internet), please click here to inquire about permissions.
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