Saturday, April 14, 2018

Downtown Utica: Dazzling & Disgusting . . .





 Old intricate brickwork contrasting with New marble, steel and glass = Dazzling!


Meanwhile, only One block away . . .  a taxpayer-financed  so-called "green" "rain garden" is Disgusting with garbage!





With the taxes Uticans pay, one would think that city leaders could at least keep our "5-Star Main Street" clean.



If we cannot trust them with small things, how can we trust them to make the right decisions about Downtown's future?

9 comments:

Timber Brickman said...

It takes a special kind of stupid to take pictures of a garden in the winter or early spring before anything is cleaned or growing and using it as evidence the city can't take care of itself.

Strikeslip said...

To use your phraseology: "It takes a special kind of stupid" to plant a cheap "Charlie Brown" pine tree to replace the tree that died there. "It takes a special kind of stupid" to have a recycling container for recyclables that does not contain. "It takes a special kind of stupid" to not immediately send someone out to clean up this disgusting mess because it is on Utica's main drag for all our visitors to see.

As for evidence of Utica's inability (more likely ignorance of the need) to take care of its appearance, this was merely the latest affront to public sensibilities. The evidence is EVERYWHERE:

How about the faded, cracked and peeling sunburst mural at "Liberty Bell" corner? How about the non-functional fountain at Franklin Square? How about all those poles propping up the city parking garage? How about the cracked pavement at City Hall? Worse, how about that non-functional Waterfall wall there that was once a source of pride? I could go on but I will end with this:

"It takes a special kind of stupid" for the city to take on more public spaces and infrastructure when it cannot maintain what it already owns.

Bimber Trickman said...

Does it? Let’s count the days and see what happens.

In the mean time I guess we could just talk about our potholes and crumbling sidewalks that haven’t changed in years.

Anonymous said...

Timber Trickman is a fake name and most likely a city employee. It would be interesting to know if he or she is posting on taxpayer time. Would not be surprising.

Anonymous said...

It takes a special kind of arrogance to use the season as an excuse for failure to properly maintain a showcase, downtown spot. The minute the weather allowed, its clean up should be regular. The last time I paid my city taxes the city hall was filthy. I even joked that my money should be used for a cleaning service. But, as the above points out, a city that will not even keep its primary streets in shape does not generate much confidence about doing anything right. Both Genesee and the Parkway are awful! Perhaps the MVH group or the EDGE will take charge of the city streets around the new hospital?

Strikeslip said...

You raise a good question Anonymous 700. Who will maintain and police the public walkways and roads through the medical campus, especially considering that no taxes will be generated by the facility to pay for such services? How much do you want to bet that Utica taxpayers will get stuck with the bill? These will have to be plowed by someone to be useable in the winter. Remember how Utica got stuck with maintaining the new pedestrian bridge that the State put in over the Arterial when it discontinued Sunset Avenue?

Anonymous said...

The city will get a good cleaning right before the Boilergasm. Then it will return to the sh*thole that it is thanks to the hacks who are running it.

Anonymous said...

The Utica Mayor has a good deal of nerve to brag about the tax base in this morning's paper given his over 7% proposed increase in city taxes. I also had the horror of having to travel in some sections of South Utica on the western side of Genesee and then Sunset. Streets is Puerto Rico or Haiti are in better shape. I would suggest that the guy who proclaimed the Nano miracle who now calls a hospital that could be built anywhere in the central area a once in a lifetime opportunity pay more attention to streets. That in the long run will make the city a better place in which to live.

Anonymous said...

Boy, I echo the comment about city streets. They are in the worst condition in modern history. How can one expect a city who cannot keep its streets in even half way good shape to successfully carry out a project like a new hospital?