Revitalizing Downtown Utica

Revitalizing Downtown Utica

There are 41 comments on the WUTR story from Jan 16, 2012, titled Revitalizing Downtown Utica. In it, WUTR reports that:

For one group of people, Monday night was all about starting to brainstorm ideas to bring back Downtown Utica at the first Downtown Utica Development Association Meeting.

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out and about

Utica, NY

#1 Jan 17, 2012
Glad to see someone is trying to help downtown
Taxpayer

Little Falls, NY

#2 Jan 17, 2012
People think downtown can be revitalized to be like it was years ago....wake up it's not ever going to be like that again! Just wasting time and money!
boywonder

AOL

#3 Jan 17, 2012
It's never going to happen folks. This is a trend that has happenedn to every major city. I can tell you that mayor Ed Hanna had the right idea. regarding revitilazing downtown. He wanted all botique shops, cobble stone streets with covered canapes. Small very fine restaurants. No street traffic in that particular area. He had some good ideas because he has been around the world and saw all this in other places.I know ya'll will come back with some durogatory remarks but, he was right on the money. Like I said before, the people who run this city are autistic thinkers, unable to grasp change!!
Ron

Hillsdale, NY

#4 Jan 17, 2012
Downtown is dead, dead, dead. Most people do not think it is safe at night. Please stop wasting resources on this money pit.
knowledge is power

Oneida, NY

#5 Jan 18, 2012
Do any of these people plan on investing in downtown? Or are they trying to minapulate more money into the hands of certain people. I got no problems if only private money is used. No gov't money should be invested so a few could make a profit.

The community will make the investment when necessary so supply meets demands. We don't need the gov't creating another false demand.
Oliver

Utica, NY

#6 Jan 18, 2012
knowledge is power wrote:
Do any of these people plan on investing in downtown? Or are they trying to minapulate more money into the hands of certain people. I got no problems if only private money is used. No gov't money should be invested so a few could make a profit.
The community will make the investment when necessary so supply meets demands. We don't need the gov't creating another false demand.
Well then smart guy, how are the Arcuris, the Labellas and the bloated police force supposed to eat and pay bills then?
kinowledge is power

Oneida, NY

#7 Jan 18, 2012
Oliver wrote:
<quoted text>Well then smart guy, how are the Arcuris, the Labellas and the bloated police force supposed to eat and pay bills then?
You're barking up the wrong tree. I for one already know we're paying far to much for public safety and we're not any safer.

The majority of Uticans falsely believe such a large police presence is needed to stop all the... i'm not sure what they're stopping, but I'm sure the extra help on police reports are sure helpful.
cicero

Cortland, NY

#8 Jan 19, 2012
who are these people do they even own a building downtown or are they three blocks away
cicero

Cortland, NY

#9 Jan 19, 2012
the only people to blame are the real estate companys they all want sales in other citys or towns more money
carol

Utica, NY

#10 Jan 19, 2012
Downtown is only as unsafe as they want it to be. If law enforcement cracked down on the illegal activity going on down there, people would be more willing to do after dark. Plenty of cities' downtowns have been revitalized. And plenty have never recovered. Big box stores in urban sprawl aren't helping matters.
Movie Man

Ithaca, NY

#11 Jan 19, 2012
carol wrote:
Downtown is only as unsafe as they want it to be. If law enforcement cracked down on the illegal activity going on down there, people would be more willing to do after dark. Plenty of cities' downtowns have been revitalized. And plenty have never recovered. Big box stores in urban sprawl aren't helping matters.
Downtown is safe. Actually looking for a property down there. Anything for sale at a reasonable price?
Oh my god

United States

#12 Jan 19, 2012
Only thing that could help downtown other then Ed Hanna being resurrected is an atomic bomb!
MM Is Coo Coo

Whitesboro, NY

#13 Jan 19, 2012
Movie Man wrote:
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Downtown is safe. Actually looking for a property down there. Anything for sale at a reasonable price?
Even as desperate as they may be, I doubt they are selling anything for $25.00 so forget it.
dan labella

Utica, NY

#14 Jan 20, 2012
I feel safer downtown than I do in South Utica now.
Mr no way out

Utica, NY

#15 Jan 20, 2012
Ed Hanna was cryogenically frozen so that in 40 years, they can thaw him out and he can run again.
SML

Cortland, NY

#16 Jan 22, 2012
I live in downtown utica. I moved here from NYC. This city has so much potential. It's sad to hear locals bash their own city. If more people came down for a saturday night, suppoted local business while having a great time, this city woiluld be the go-to spot.
Visitor to town

Buffalo, NY

#17 Apr 16, 2012
We stopped in downtown Utica on a road trip recently and were shocked at how dead it was. How could the town council or whatever governing body you have let it get so bad? Glad this group is trying and I hope they reach out to similar towns to seek input on what the plan should be.
The Truth

Rome, NY

#18 Apr 17, 2012
Utica had a vibrant downtown when its population was over twice the size it now is and when suburban growth was limited. The demographics have been reversed. Concepts of a downtown must also change. The market to support an area stretching fro Baggs Sq to the Stanly is simply not there. In that respect, there is no "downtown."
Donald

Syracuse, NY

#19 Apr 17, 2012
SML wrote:
I live in downtown utica. I moved here from NYC. This city has so much potential. It's sad to hear locals bash their own city. If more people came down for a saturday night, suppoted local business while having a great time, this city woiluld be the go-to spot.
The only time people move to Utica from NYC is when they can't succeed in NYC. Whenever I hear that, I know that person is unsuccessful and had to move out of NYC since they couldn't afford their rent. Nobody leaves a good place to move to a run down, boring place unless they can't make a living there. If Utica was going to get any better, it would have happened by now. I've heard this kind of talk since I made the mistake of moving here in 1985. People have been saying this since then, yet it just keeps going farther downhill. I don't think there is any hope left for this godforsaken city.
Local

Camillus, NY

#20 Apr 18, 2012
A more efficient way to revitalize downtown would be to focus on ONE block at a time and not sporadic locations. Example...Taylor and the Cook is a great place with a great look. But shouldnt it have gone a few blocks up. like near Antiques and SUCH. or on the Nicholas Jewlers block. The cage and Piers and Blake shoud have gone on those blocks too. Don't spread them out. Focus on one block and work your way out.

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