Friday, November 9, 2012

Class of '42 Geography Lecture -- Jeff Anzevino

Wednesday, November 28 at 3:00 PM
Conant Science & Math Lecture Hall (Room 120)

Photo of Geographer Extraordinaire Jeff Anzevino taken by
Dr. Hayes-Bohanan on Jeff's boat this summer. The famous Good Ship Clearwater
is in the background, with the Walkway Over the Hudson beyond.
Read about that visit on Environmental Geography.

A Geographer’s Perspective on
 Revitalizing Hudson Riverfronts

Jeff Anzevino, Scenic Hudson & Marist College

Jeff Anzevino will speak about his role as a geographer and planner in helping to connect the wildly successful Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park ( with the struggling communities of Poughkeepsie and Highland.

In his role as Director of Land Use Advocacy for Scenic Hudson (, Jeff coordinates initiatives brand Poughkeepsie and Highland in association with Walkway Over the Hudson. He was been a long-time proponent of the adaptive reuse of the abandoned 1888 Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge into the recently opened park that will eventually connect dozens of miles of rail trails across Ulster and Dutchess Counties and will eventually reach New York City.

At 1.28 miles long and soaring 212 feet above the Hudson River, Walkway is one of the highest and longest pedestrian bridges in the world. Jeff will describe how a diverse group of business and environmental organizations have come together to promote Walkway as a catalyst for more livable communities and economic opportunity on either side of the bridge.

Walkway Over the Hudson is at the nexus of an emerging network of trails that connect people to and along the Hudson River.  Establishing these types of connections is one of the strategies recommended in Revitalizing Hudson Riverfronts (, an award-winning riverfront planning guide he co-authored in 2010.

Jeff will explain how a multidisciplinary approach to planning for riverfront development is essential to the protection property, infrastructure and natural resources from rising sea levels and other consequences of climate change. This work has been ongoing for several years, but has attracted particular attention in the wake of Super Storm Sandy.


Jeff’s love of geography stems from his aunt and uncle who took many road trips across the country and brought him gas station road maps which sparked his imagination of far-off places.  As a kindergartener, “Geography Jeff” was teased by the big kids because he had learned every state capital from a map puzzle. Undeterred by the teasing, Jeff realized he could study geography in college and went on to earn a living while realizing a lifelong dream of using his geographic skills to make the Hudson Valley a better place to live, work, and play.

Jeff earned three related associates degrees (geography, cartography, and community planning) at Montgomery College before earning his BA in geography (cum laude) at the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 1985. (The geography department at UMBC was both the undergraduate home of BSU’s Dr. Hayes-Bohanan and a former employer of BSU’s Dr. Amey.)

He then worked as a planner in Cape Coral, Florida and a GIS manager at RoadNet Technologies, a subsidiary of United Parcel Service in Hunt Valley, Maryland. In 2003 he earned accreditation from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

Jeff has worked as a planner for Scenic Hudson for over 20 years, and in 2010 he was promoted to Director of Land Use Advocacy. He leads a team of three planners helping communities ensure that riverfront development stimulates the economy, connects people with the river, and conserves views and natural resources.

In 1993 Jeff founded the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association, a 501(c)3 arts and educational organization and owns a small business specializing in maritime art photography.  He is an avid musician, sailor, bicyclist, hiker, kayaker, cook, and gardener. 

He has served as an adjunct instructor of Environmental Planning at Marist College since 2011.

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