BUD: Resources

A Better Utica Downtown starts by adopting a smarter vision, making a better plan for the Columbia-Lafayette Neighborhood. As the following resources show, bulldozing a historical street grid - businesses and its properties - are not what other cities are doing. An important trend is that people are moving back into cities, but NOT to be near a large medical district.

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Utica History

An Overview of Utica's History & Architecture

Utica Urban Renewal

Utica's Major Milestones

Understand use of: Adaptive Reuse

"Adaptive reuse refers to the process of reusing an old site or building for a purpose other than which it was originally designed for. This may include reusing a school building for housing, a factory for office space, or an historic mill for retail, residential and restaurant mixed use."

2006 Book: Bringing Buildings Back: From Abandoned Properties To Community Assets, by Alan Mallach.

1949 Magazine Article: Fortune Magazine, 1949: Take Utica For Instance, By Robert Sheehan.

Research, Studies, White Papers

2012 Article, titled Protecting Existing Neighborhoods from the Impacts of New Development

2017 Study: Revitalizing America’s Smaller Legacy Cities, "Strategies for Postindustrial Success from Gary to Lowell", by Torey Hollingsworth and Alison Goebel, August 2017

September 2017, Binghamton: Broome County Housing Study

2016 Angela Moreno-Long: Cornell University - Sustainable Neighborhood Development & Urban Revitalization in Utica, NY: A Leed-ND Case Study (PDF)

2015 Paper, Rust to Green (R2G): Rust to Green: Praxis as University-Community Placemaking, by Paula Horrigan, "R2G is a civic engagement project with the transformative agenda of catalyzing community-driven placemaking in Upstate New York cities endeavoring to transition from post-industrial “rust” to “green” resiliency."

Research Report: Adaptive Reuse of Historic Industrial Buildings (PDF)

April 2007, "Upper Floors", Enhancing Main Street: Making Upper Floors Work Again: Page 1 (PDF) & Page 2 (PDF)

March 2012 - DUDA Main Streets, Downtown Utica Development Association

2012 Research Paper: What is the Future of Utica? (PDF)

2009 Master of Arts Thesis: Cornell University - Urban Development & Revitalization Related To City & Regional Politics In Utica, New York (PDF)

2005 Study: Downtown Utica Residential Market Potential, by Zimmerman-Volk

Guidebook: Property Reuse & Economic Revitalization: Redeveloping Commercial Vacant Properties in Legacy Cities (PDF)

Whitepaper: Duke Law Recycling America: Adaptive Reuse in the 21st Century (PDF)

Jamie Peck: Banal Urbanism: Cities and the Creativity Fix

Urban Renewal

Book, 2003: In Gotham's Shadow Globalization: Community Change In Central New York

Columbia University, Final Report, June 25, 2008: Urban Revitalization in the United States: Policies and Practices

Article: (An Urban Renewal Fail): The Fall Of Niagara Falls.

Benchmark Cities

Benchmark: Huntington Station, NY

Benchmark: Lancaster, PA (PDF)

Benchmark: Sheboygan, Wisconsin (PDF)

Benchmark: East Village, San Diego, California

Benchmark: Mt. Vernon, New York (PDF)

Benchmark: Buffalo, NY: Downtown Development Guide (PDF)

Benchmark: Asheville, NC

Benchmark: A very detailed, county-wide, planning document, Orange County, FL

Benchmark: April 2016, Worcester, MA Downtown Urban Revitalization Plan

Resources On The Web

Getting to Know CRIS: An Introduction to the Division for Historic Preservation’s Online Cultural Resource Information System

Strong Towns


Project for Public Spaces (PPS)

Other Utica-area Benchmarks

July 2018 - Utica Marina RFP, City of Utica

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