Signs of Utica Rising at Bagg's Square!
There are a lot of old neighborhoods in Utica that just need an infusion of cash, imagination, and a "critical mass" of activity to come back to life. Varick Street seems to be approaching that critical mass state where it is starting to generate its own momentum. Oneida Square with the new Nolita Apartments is just getting underway. Now it is time for Bagg's Square, where Utica began, to begin again. It's good to hear that a developer, Stuart Bannatyne, is planning on taking over the old Doyle Hardware Building for loft apartments and shops . . . and across the street is an area just begging to be turned into, perhaps, a farmer's market. Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo came back to life . . . these Utica areas can too . . . and be so much more interesting to visit than suburban malls and shopping centers. We wish Mr. Bannatyne the best of luck.