A couple good stories in today's paper . . . the issue with the Mohawk Valley Irish Cultural Center in Utica has been quickly resolved. . . and a London-based bank is considering locating offices in the Harza building downtown.
Utica needs to be a "center" again, and both of these projects, if they come to fruition, will contribute.
While the County Executive's State of the County address reveals more of the same old "build it and they will come" mentality that has given this region one of the worst cases of sprawl in the state (and, as a consequence, made things very expensive for everyone to maintain) there is even some hope there. There is a recognition that our downtowns need attention. And also a recognition that there needs to be some consolidation in services (the 911 call center).
Hopefully our leaders are starting to realize that our cities and villages are the organizational structures that need to be encouraged because they represent concentrations of activities that will allow municipal services to be efficiently delivered.
Keep the ball rolling . . .