Hastings is considered a village in Westchester and is actually located inside a town called Greenburgh (Westchestertowns.com.) As can be told by the name, it is also located right on the Hudson River; this is something that has made Hastings unique in more ways than one. One of the most important similarities to be notes about Yonkers and Hastings is that they were both industrial centers with a lot of jobs to offer its’ inhabitants, which gave many people looking for work in the Post World War II era incentive to move there and at least near there. This is a quality that usually doesn’t apply to an inner-ring (oneriverstreet.com.)
In the Post World War II era, what kept Hastings going was the Anaconda Copper Company. Things were difficult, though, because the Company experienced a lot of ups and downs during this time. Even though they were, at one time, the largest copper-producing mine in the world, because ore grades were declining and the costs of mining continued to go up, as well as profits going down, Anaconda was suffering. They had to make changes in the company and this draws people away. When a company as large as this, one that provides a vast majority of the jobs in an area starts to not do well, families, especially ones who need jobs are no longer attracted to the area.
_ Although Anaconda owned most of the Industrial Waterfront at the end of World War II, situations like these form somewhat of a domino effect, which leads to categorization of an inner-ring, thus causing small towns like Hastings to relate themselves to places like Yonkers. Once families don’t have incentive for jobs in an area, they move out. After families start to leave somewhere little by little, all the problems that are common to inner-ring suburbs start to arise. Poverty comes into the area because of the fiscal stress and income problems that people go through before leaving. Median household income becomes segregated and these declines are seen in much higher concentration in suburbs outside central cities. Public schools are thus affected because there are fewer children attending them, which affects standardized testing scores and causes them to go down; in turn this means there is less money going into keeping them working up to par because of the families that have left. Housing deterioration also starts to come into play because citizens don’t have any reason to up-keep the town with all of these factors negatively impacting the area. Not only does the age of the housing become an issue, but post war housing, as said by Hanlon is particularly vulnerable because it was so carelessly done in its uniformity and mass production.
Although Hastings was able to recover from this and now offers a very good place to live for people and families of all age, things were not always as they seem. Presently, Hastings has its’ own pool, nationally recognized schools, a large public library, a VFW and many retail stores for its’ residents and those of the surrounding areas.
Bronxville v. Yonkers
Much like Hastings-on-Hudson, Bronxville, as well as Tuckahoe are villages inside larger towns. These two are inside Eastchester which comprises them both together. In building Bronxville, the idea was to create an affluent neighborhood that would be a suburb to New York City, with a country-like setting. It has a very low population of predominantly white males and females and a fairly high median household income in comparison to other places in Westchester, as well as cities that are potentially as risk of being inner-ring suburbs.
_ Bronxville never was so close as Yonkers, and Hastings, for example, to becoming an inner-ring suburb. Although it was a first tier suburb and should’ve naturally been prone to that type of decline, it stayed closed to the “growth and prosperity” aspect that Hanlon highlights in Once an American Dream. Instead of deteriorating like other old suburbs would, Bronxville has successfully maintained its’ historic aura and has been able to preserve it very well, while simultaneously renewing itself and building new institutions to keep the reputation it started out with during its’ founding. One of the things that is also very unique to Bronxville particularly in comparison to Yonkers is that amount of greenery and closeness to nature that it provides. In Bronxville, the idea that veterans and many other families used in trying to get a “slice of the American dream”, was to own their own single-family house. These were people who tended to “put down roots” and usually would stay in Westchester for generations to come and are now the ones who keep these same villages like Bronxville and Tuckahoe flourishing to their fullest potential as villages
_ Tuckahoe v. Yonkers
The relationship between Bronxville and Tuckahoe has already been mentioned. Another thing that should be noted is that all three of these areas in Westchester, along with the aforementioned Yonkers, are suburbs of New York City. Tuckahoe started out as a growing village of commerce and industry. Similarly to Bronxville, Tuckahoe was able to steer clear of the tendencies that would turn it into an inner-ring suburb. One of the biggest things that contributed to its’ growth as a village in Eastchester was that the Tuckahoe marble quarries were what created a lot of jobs and opportunity for the area, which in turn attracted a lot of young families and men looking for work. These quarries had a strong based because they contributed to the construction of many building in places like Washington DC, New York City, and Louisiana. Tuckahoe is also similar to Bronxville in that it gives a lot of importance to nature and artisanship as well as craft-making. Because these villages are small and also receive guidance and aid from the larger town of Eastchester, it would be harder for them to fall into decline. The emphasis on full community participation also helps for a village like Tuckahoe to continue to be fruitful and attractive to newcomers and young families. This is particularly so for those families looking for places to live in the Post World War II years. Somewhere that was closeness to nature, a small community-life atmosphere and is a suburb to a city like New York which made commuting to work or just to go sight-seeing is something that is absolutely ideal, especially if there are industries in the area that are offering jobs for newly returned veterans.
 Jeff Canning, Westchester County Since World War II: A Changing People in a Changing Landscape, (Valhalla: Westchester County Historical Society, 1984), chap. 7.
 Bernadette Hanlon, Once the American Dream: Inner-Ring Suburbs of the Metropolitan United States, (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2010), 26.