Check out this article. Someone raped in Saratogian parking lot.
Utica has a much nicer looking downtown. Have you ever been inside the Gold Dome Bank? Train Station? some of our churches. Way better. Varick St way better then Caroline.
Doughboys? You think people pack Caroline St because of doughboys? How about Saratoga City Tavern? And part of what makes Caroline St better is what it doesn't have that Varick does; crime, bums... Saranac Thursday? Who cares? it's the same shitty ass local bands week after werk and year after year and I'd hardly brag about the trash it brings out. I've never seen cops have to set up a command center on Caroline St.
I know a bunch of people that go downtown after shows and before shows for dinner. How about the fact that downtown Saratoga looks nothing like Utica's. it's populated with great resteraunts & shops with a mix of upscale national chains.
How about the fact that 45% of the surrounding communities aren't on social services?
How about the fact that their chamber of commerce and business leaders have a clue unlike ours locally?
How about the fact that the track, SPAC, downtown and the city's history and reputation make it a highly marketable package? Want golf? How about Saratoga National?
How about a lack of air transportation? 50+ minutes to Syracuse. Saratoga is 20 minutes from the Albany airport and Albany is 10 minutes.
How about the fact that they have a multi billion chip plant with another on the way as well as a thriving and growing technology economy?
The reality is that Utica has nothing to market to create a draw and nothing that in a million years will overcome it's standing reputation. There's no way that Utica can compete with Capital Distrct be it Saratoga or Albany or anywhere in between.