Author Archives: KraverWP

Amidst the Chaos, An Opportunity for WP

By | August 29, 2020

More than 5 months removed from the first coronavirus-related shutdowns, the enormity of the damage it has done is hard to overstate. Nationally, we have lost more than 175,000+ Americans. More locally, while there are signs of “life returning to normal,” multiple businesses in White Plains have closed their doors permanently, and we now find ourselves… Read More »

WP’s Economy Has Been Underachieving For Years, But We Still Have Tremendous Potential. Here Are 10 Ideas To Help Us Reach That Potential.

By | June 10, 2019

White Plains has potential to be a great city. For years, we’ve been falling short of that potential, with a stagnant local economy, multiple vacant storefronts, and an abundance of stagnated development projects which currently sit as holes in the ground or vacant buildings. Sales tax revenues have failed to keep pace with the rest… Read More »

WP’s Budget Documents Portray A City Falling Short Of Its Potential

By | May 23, 2019

For at least six years, our city’s budget documents have portrayed a stagnant local economy. Specifically, they have said multiple times that “[t]he path to economic recovery continues to be slow and incremental,” and that the city is restrained, without raising property taxes further, in its “ability to maintain the City in peak condition and… Read More »

The Flats At Westchester and Its Impact On Our Schools

By | March 3, 2019

The current proposed development that’s drawing lots of attention in WP is called The Flats At Westchester, which would be built at 1133 Westchester Avenue. The Boards of at least three neighborhood associations have written to their members about it (Rosedale, North Street, and Gedney), and the WP Council of Neighborhood Associations is making this… Read More »

School District Enrollment: How Big Is Too Big? And How Close Are We To Our Limit?

By | February 24, 2019

I grew up in the White Plains public schools, and after coming to appreciate how special they are, returned here to raise my children in the same schools. I’ve currently got a 3rd grader and a Kindergartener, and I’m glad I made that decision to return here. But I’m worried. I’m worried that our public… Read More »