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.
Please Meet With Us Every Monday Night, 6pm, we're creating a Better Utica Downtown!
1949 Magazine Article: Fortune Magazine, 1949: Take Utica For Instance, By Robert Sheehan.
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)
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
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: Huntington Station, NY
Benchmark: Lancaster, PA (PDF)
Benchmark: Sheboygan, Wisconsin (PDF)
Benchmark: East Village, San Diego, California
Benchmark: Mt. Vernon, New York (PDF)
Benchmark: Asheville, NC
Benchmark: A very detailed, county-wide, planning document, Orange County, FL
Benchmark: April 2016, Worcester, MA Downtown Urban Revitalization Plan
July 2018 - Utica Marina RFP, City of Utica
Property and business owners in the Columbia Lafayette Neighborhood have created "BUD". We are working with other dedicated Utica-area residents for a Better Utica Downtown!