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Utica, NY

How do I report the topix moderators?

Several of my posts have been removed, and others made invisible except to me immediately upon posting. My posts are always on local news items which is fair game for discussion. While this is a private site and the owners can do what they wish, the site loses its value when they remove threads of legitimate discussion. It is interesting to note that many of the removed threads were critical of the local powers-that-be and their pet projects -- especially the Utica Nano panacea fairy tale. I hope Topix reconsiders its policy.  (May 3, 2015 | post #36)

Utica, NY

"Diligence" at Griffiss "International" Airport?

My first post was not visible in the Utica Forum list of threads until I logged in. Strange!  (Apr 24, 2015 | post #2)

Utica, NY

USA Today.com Photo Gallery sparks conversation of "Tough...

Utica has its problems -- bad economics caused by horrible governance on many levels -- but the photos in the Times Union could have been taken in Albany, too (visit the Arbor Hill section) ... The essay was an unfair portrayal of the region. Frankly, I think Utica is Beautiful . . . http://outdoors.we bshots.com/album/2 08914983MUwXYv Others think so too ... http://visitutica. org  (May 17, 2012 | post #5)

Utica, NY

rt 12 road project zecca

Traffic Patterns: Right now you can go from Rose Place at Sunset to Varick at Sunset with no turns. After the arterial project: 5 turns. Taxes: about 80 properties are being taken off the rolls. Sure not all pay taxes now, but this will be a permanent reduction in taxable parcels. The city needs every penny right now. Businesses: Several are being directly taken by this project. The ones that remain will be harmed by altered traffic patterns. How long do you think Carls will stay at its current location when Sunset Avenue gets cut off? People living in W Utica will have to go up to a Mile out of their way just to visit their neighbor across the highway so that impatient Commuter can shave ONE minute off his commute to/from New Hartford. This road is designed to serve suburban interests, not city interests. Utica residents get called jerks for not willing to be inconvenienced. The entire state arterial program is screwy and needs to be fixed. Look at the new Route 49 to Rome and its complex of ramps and bridges. It saves what? 2 minutes on a trip to Rome? Meanwhile, the State now has new massive infrastructure to maintain, Marcy has to maintain the Old Rt 49, and the businesses along old 49 are dying. Now think what those 10's of millions of dollars could have accomplished reestablishing old street connections and making new street connections in Utica. People would not have to take the Arterial if they are given alternate routes.  (Feb 17, 2012 | post #19)

Utica, NY

rt 12 road project zecca

I'm not being harsh in my assessment at all. I saw who they hung out with at meetings before they took their seats, and now it is born out by their behavior. When did ANY of them try to assess what the arterial project would do to traffic circulation on *Utica* streets? And the effect that it would have on *Utica* businesses and residents? These things are not even on their radar screens. The State certainly could care less about Utica streets and residents when it proposes to route Lincoln Ave over Roberts street as part of Phase I... And the CC approves it without question! Who is looking out for Utica's interests? No fan of Zecca here. Mr. Flip Flop voted for this too. But don't go blaming Zecca or Harmony for arterial controversy . . . the *State* never followed the procedure laid out by the highway law which is to go to the Common Council first DURING the planning phases. Instead they went to city hall insiders, the Chamber of Commerce, and all the other takers from Utica and got the green light from them, while ignoring the people speaking against the project at their public hearings. They know that the Council has the authority to stop this, but won't dare do so now because of the threat of $$$$$ loss. The state gets its suburban style expressway, connected contractors get an oversized project, suburban developers get more traffic funnelled to their front door, but Uticans get more cut off streets, impossible traffic patterns, lost taxes and lost business. That these things will happen is all very clear from past history . . . but the Council is either too lazy -- or to compromised -- to look.  (Feb 17, 2012 | post #13)

Utica, NY

rt 12 road project zecca

westsider -- you don't know. The new councilpeople are in the tank with the rest of them.  (Feb 16, 2012 | post #4)