Councilman Joseph Marino, D-4, who sponsored the most recent legislation, said he hopes the state gets the message.
“It’s saying, ‘We do in fact support the project,” Marino said. “We do in fact support investment in this area.”Even investment that continues a 50 year pattern of destruction, apparently.
So . . . What becomes of the issues raised last year? The visual and psychological barrier of a wall separating the Brewery and Arts Districts and preventing synergies between them does not go away. The effect of cutting off Sunset Avenue -- a major North-South thoroughfare in Utica -- does not go away. The effects of severing Lincoln Ave from Court St, routing Lincoln Ave over Roberts St., and eliminating a right turn off westbound Court onto the arterial, do not go away. Removal of scores of properties from potentially contributing to the tax rolls does not go away.
The "devil is in the details" as they say, and this new, youthful Common Council -- whom the public had desperately hoped would inject vitality into the body -- has shown itself to be too lazy to address the details: the changes to the UTICA street system, traffic patterns, potential tax base, and the effects thereof.
Being "decisive" is easy if one does not care. Being deliberative requires effort.
Instead of youthful vigor, Utica gets operatives of the elites who have pulled the strings from behind the scenes for the last 30 years.
But the council unanimously approved a resolution Wednesday saying they are supportive of the current planUnanimous? This blogger has been on the receiving end of numerous e-mails urging attendance at Council meetings on this issue . . . but received nothing in over a month.
Mr. Zecca, you have some 'splaining to do.
Goodbye Utica . . . Between lazy, know-nothing newbies and old would-be power brokers, there is no hope for you.