"I think we have an opportunity with the Brewery District," Zywiak said. "What's happening at Munson Williams, the Stanley, to try and facilitate easier access to all these major developments that the city is trying to progress."I think the only thing the State is listening to are the "movers and shakers" in New Hartford who want "easier access" to what they like in Utica, but who could care less about the City of Utica.
As I blogged a year ago . . .
"Here are pictures of Court Street taken today, and how it might look with an overpass added.As I indicated last year, the State has not been entirely upfront with the public on these plans. I'm sure that many suspected that an overpass (with no depressed highway) was the plan all along, and all the public meetings were just for show. This blogger e-mailed those involved with the decision making and did not even receive the courtesy of an acknowledgment (just to show that they were never serious about public input).
This will, for sure, reduce the redevelopment potential of this part of West Utica, if not eliminate it altogether.
West Utica is already having a problem rehabilitating itself . . . cutting off more streets and creating an eyesore will be the final nail in the coffin.
The State could care less about Utica . . . the only thing it is interested in is fixing things ON THE CHEAP. Are you aware of the State's Hazardous Waste Landfill located within view of Downtown Utica? I hope to blog about that in coming weeks. It was something that literally took place under the noses of city officials . . . but you did not hear about it. These are examples of the State creating roadblocks to Utica's rehabilitation . . . and Utica officials being oblivious to what is happening under their noses. An overpass is a 20th century idea that other cities are abandoning.
WILL THE CITY OF UTICA'S MAYOR AND COUNCIL TAKE A STAND?