And I mean that literally . . . The assaults are on the streets themselves! Everyone (all levels of government that is) wants a piece of Utica's streets!
The State hopes to close Sunset Ave. and Warren St. at the Arterial, and reroute Lincoln Ave. over Roberts St. for its Federally funded Arterial Project.
The City has approved closing a block of Charlotte St. to install a bus transfer facility of questionable need (other than to spend Federal money).
Now the County is resurrecting its "Terror from the Year 2007" to re-propose closing Park Avenue between John and Blandina Streets to create a surface parking lot.
Apparently government officials are not going to stop until Utica is in gridlock . . .
Park Avenue, a great example of 19th century urban street design, was intended to serve as the bypass of downtown for all traffic going to and coming from the streets to the east. Although part of this function was lost when its northern end was chopped off and incorporated into the E-W Arterial, the remainder still serves that function... which function has recently been improved by the Oneida Square Roundabout that gives an easier connection for traffic coming up Genesee St. from the south.
The notion that streets can be closed without causing problems must go away. As pointed out a few days ago, one cut-off can can change a simple no-turns trip into a 5-turn frustration. . . . This can affect routing decisions for traffic coming from miles away. People will avoid coming into Utica if they feel they are being forced into a maze.
Utica needs to become more like an Apple . . . an Apple product. Apple became a very successful company because its products are simple -- intuitive -- to use.
Utica's street system needs to be simple and intuitive to use.
Utica's old street grid used to be simple and intuitive to use. Instead of taking more pieces out of it, maybe its time to start restoring it. You might be surprised at some of the problems that it could solve.