It's unfortunate that some of our local blogs have "gone dark" in the last few months because there's a lot to talk about. Nevertheless, some new blogs are appearing . . . or are being noticed for the first time. It's time to revise the lists of blog links . . . and geographically, we're spreading out . . .
Out With the Old . . .
The following blogs are being de-listed due to inactivity (If any re-activate, please let me know and I will re-add them): CNY Circus , New Hartford People , Taxpayers Talk , UpstateBlog.net , Utica From the Cheap Seats , Utica Pizza Dot Com . . . . Utica definitely needs some more bloggers!
In With the New . . .
Amsterdancin' - This is a blog from one of our sister cities on the Mohawk, "The Small City with the Big Heart," Amsterdam, NY. What makes this one interesting is that the author, Ann Thane, is the city's new mayor. It looks like she's got some plans . . . and I plan on checking this one often . . . Although a smaller place, Amsterdam's issues are similar to Utica's.
Mohawk Valley Alive - This one is about the Mohawk Valley, but nicely centered around Utica. Pat Huther takes some great photos that capture the essence of the region, and has some good recommendations on things to see and do. We seem to like a lot of the same spots!
Radio Free Hamilton - a/k/a "F+R+O+M," From Hamilton, NY, this blog is a "must read" for its insightful posts on NYRI . . . but there is more as well.
New under the "Policy Blogs" heading . . .
Christopher Leo - From the University of Winnipeg, Professor Leo wrestles with problems of urban sprawl and how we can best govern ourselves.
Regional Communities - Tom Christoffel compiles a host of articles on the emergence of regions as communities, regionalization efforts, and the good and the bad of this process. Great reading!