. . . to what will be a series of articles in the O-D about Utica's "Sin City" days?
Bean, the Haverford College dean of academic affairs, said the national focus on Utica was harmful to the city’s economy, just as it was rebounding from the loss of textile mills
“Certainly, ignoring wrong-doing is not acceptable no matter what is at stake, but dragging Utica into the center of the national spotlight was unnecessary, disproportionate (because other places deserved to be pilloried, as well) and lastingly injurious,” Bean said. “I think that casts an unfortunate, irreversible shadow over the achievement that was the awarding of the Pulitzer.”
People on the street have long felt that the Observer-Dispatch has been instrumental in Utica's decline, and the statement above corroborates this belief.
If the reporting then was "lastingly injurious" to Utica's economy, why is the Observer-Dispatch dredging up all this old material now, when it is no longer news . . . or relevant?
Perhaps the series of articles about Utica's past is intended to distract from, and the statement above is an excuse for, not exposing what is going on in New Hartford and Oneida County. Or perhaps the O-D is simply being lazy, repackaging an old product, content to stake it's current reputation on 50-year-old laurels -- which are starting to stink.
Whatever the O-D's purpose, it fans the prejudices of the past, preserves the status quo of the present, and gets in the way of moving forward with Greater Utica's future.