Historic Columbia-Lafayette Neighborhood


This Utica neighborhood is not modern, far from it, but it's not Utica's worst. Further, some will say that even a city slums (which this neighborhood is not!) can hold great potential for redevelopment.

[ This is NOT the way to go, but they plan to Bulldoze Downtown Utica Beyond Recognition ]

A claim made in the Region's MV500 Effort (PDF) called the targeted hospital zone in Downtown Utica as "34 acres of a largely vacant, underutilized and functionally obsolete area" This is a false claim. The Columbia-Lafayette Streets Neighborhood supports 40+ Businesses and Contains Many Historic Buildings (Video) or view a #NoHospitalDowntown's Photo Album

Those seeking to build a new hospital district, are now working on step one Bulldozing 1/4 of Downtown Utica's Small Central Business District Below you can read a detailed account of this neighborhood as documented by our Landmark's Society. Let's turn away the Government's Urban Renewal-style Concept For A Downtown Hospital & 34-acre Hospital District.

Instead, let's restore some of the past! This as a new, walkable, and desirable place to live is promoted!


Part I - March/April 2016: The Columbia-Lafayette Streets Neighborhood... Starting with an 1806 map of Utica, Michael Lehman (AIA) traces the historic past of a part of downtown Utica defined as "The Historic Columbia-Lafayette Streets Neighborhood". Posted here with permission from the Utica Landmarks Society

Part One, Complete (2.56Mb PDF), or smaller single-page PDF's:

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Part II - May/June 2016: The Columbia-Lafayette Streets Neighborhood... Michael Lehman continues his review of Utica's "Historic Columbia-Lafayette Streets Neighborhood." Then finally, the Landmark Society offers their concluding thoughts below.

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Download Landmarks' Two Part Series Here: Parts One & Two Complete


Landmaks' Concluding Thoughts

Whatever the ultimate decisions are for the location of the new hospital and for this area, there are certain things that must be considered as a matter of course: