Much like the Utica Police Department, do residents know - or can we believe - what they're about to do with this new city asset? Both the Police and Courts are key Anchor Institutions, assets which other downtowns are bolstering, however are they assets that Utica plans to bulldoze?
Better Utica Downtown has plans! They say our new Utica Court Building should remain a key part of CoLa's future!
February 23, 2019 - Their words, their Changing Maps, and a simple review of their very obscure (complete) site map revealed the truth...
September 21, 2017 - Make Downtown Utica More Like a Strong Town, Not a Hospital District - Thank you to Strong Towns for coming to Utica last June for our 3-day event, and also for this Tweet today:
Read Urban Moats: Barriers To Growth In Rome, Utica & Schenectady by Strongtowns, they "study" urban design. Take the time and listen (30 minutes) to Strongtowns and Urban3 on Parking Minimums. A 1,000-car surface parking lot for a hospital is bad development for downtown!
Read about smart development concepts by Urban3 Smart Growth (PDF) or this video Urban3: The Value of Downtown. Further, Upstate's very own Arian Horbovetz with his The Big Urban Mistake: Building for Tourism vs. Livability. These professionals who see danger of a huge downtown hospital district.
August 10, 2017 - Finally a forthcoming media outlet reveals the full hospital destruction zone...
The local media would not do this for over two years! However, Payne Horning of WRVO Reports On, And Shows, Full Impact Area of the proposed inner-city hospital district:
So as we've reported and shown, the proposed downtown hospital concept would be a huge super block separating Utica's growing neighborhoods!
August 4, 2017 The truth is they want a HUGE part of downtown...
They are pushing-out 40+ businesses, along with the new police and city court campus - all of it - gone!
You can help, please join us on Facebook #NoHospitalDowntown. Also consider adding your voice to Hundreds of People Saying, "No Hospital Downtown". Get to know BUD, that's the future of the Columbia Lafayette Neighborhood!