Here it seems that Mayor Palmieri thinks a baseball stadium in place of Insight House would be a better fit for the neighborhood in order to create an "aura of a large city appeal driving over 12 North, the Arterial, looking down" about the City of Utica.
So that's what this is all about . . . auras . . . illusions . . . smoke and mirrors . . . to make people think that things are better than they really are?
No, Insight House, a treatment center for chemical dependency, is probably not a good fit for a sports and entertainment district that will include a gambling casino. But will the value of an "aura" from a stadium on Route 12 (minus the expense to create the stadium and minus the negative impact to the existing stadium a couple miles south also on Route 12) outweigh the value that will be lost to the community if Insight House has to be uprooted and moved?
It took many years and many injections of taxpayer dollars through grants for Insight House to develop its current facility and capabilities. Market value for that property will not cover the actual cost of duplicating the facility's capabilities elsewhere. This means that a relocated Insight House will either have reduced capabilities, or more money will have to be invested to recreate them. The difference between market value and actual cost is a value that will be lost to the community at large. Do you think that the lost value is a fair price for an "aura?"
Whether it is the "Sports and Entertainment District," the Downtown Hospital, Griffiss "International" Airport, various EDGE projects, or the Utica Urban Renewal projects of old, values were, are being, or will be destroyed.
The lost values from these projects never seem to get calculated. . . and what is actually gained seems elusive . . . like an "aura."