What great comments. You are right about downtown compared to when I was a youth. Before the malls I remember circling the streets at holiday time to find a parking place outside the boston store. There were also numerous other businesses located on streets that are long gone. Now the only plans anybody can come up with is to build parking garages or block streets for parking. Parking lots are expensive to build and maintain. One could expect to rebuild the floor structure once every 10 years. Hard to believe that with few businesses the need is justified. Hanna made downtown clean and safe. He had foot patrols and multiple times daily he would have the DPW clean the streets and sidewalks. Downtown can be resurrected. It wil take imagination and persistence and eyes tha can see what need to be done..
Downtown is a sad, sad place. During my time in Utica I have lived through many of Myaors. The only Mayor I ever seen put a dent in downtown Utica was Mayor Hanna. Hanna saved the Adirondack Building, the Old Utica Beauty School, the old Woolworths Building, Hoetl Utica and many more. Hanna also was involved with giving the business owners new signs, canopies, paint. Hanna also provided low interest loans to small businesses to start. The newly designed bus shelters were awesome. Back then downtown was vibrant with lights and flags ever where. If Hanna could do it any Mayor can. Downtown is not to far gone. We just need a Mayor who cares about dowtown and its history