Loc: hamlet's hand
With all due respect, the western part of the ridge is doing fine, or as fine as any place else in the county is in this economy. Yeah, there's a few missing teeth from Ellenville to Rochester, but weekenders long ago found the Rondout Basin (three New Yorker articles three weeks in a row started the boomlet c. 1999). And Marbletown is certainly every bit as gentrified country as Gardiner...or Rhinebeck.
Kelder and other local farms are even providing food to the Rondout School District. It doesn't get any better, more sustainable, than that.