Five pairs of cities will be identified, with which the section of socio-economic development, architectural styles and contemporary issues will be discussed. There are many pairs of cities that are connected across the Hudson River and it can be said that each of these city feed on the policies and development initiatives of one another. The main pairs of cities that would be brought into the discussion context are that of Albany and Troy, Catskill and Hudson, Kingston and Rhinebeck, Newburgh and Beacon, and Nyack and Tarrytown. The essay will analyze the socio-economic development of some of the town pairs that are identified based on relevancy and also the contemporary issues that the town and country planning face. Some of the contemporary issues noted are those of the ecological changes happening at the riverfront.
The cities of the Hudson River Valley has a strong cultural significance, the towns have historical value and are filled with historical sites and regions enabling both internal and international tourism. The population centers around the valley provides for many establishments for the tourists. In this context key socio-cultural values for the cities are identified, and the economic prospects that are increased in the context of the city locations are presented here.