BUD: Resources

A Better Utica Downtown starts by adopting a smarter vision, making a better plan for the Columbia-Lafayette Neighborhood. As the following resources show, bulldozing a historical street grid - businesses and its properties - are not what other cities are doing. An important trend is that people are moving back into cities, but NOT to be near a large medical district.

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Utica History

An Overview of Utica's History & Architecture

Utica Urban Renewal

Utica's Major Milestones

2021 Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) Strategic Investment Plan

Mohawk Valley Region CFA Project, Utica DRI Winners


Goldman-Marks: 418-430 Lafayette Street, Cerini (PDF, 5.36MB)

Stropp: 418-430 Lafayette Street, Cerini (PDF, 3.5MB)

Understand use of: Adaptive Reuse

"Adaptive reuse refers to the process of reusing an old site or building for a purpose other than which it was originally designed for. This may include reusing a school building for housing, a factory for office space, or an historic mill for retail, residential and restaurant mixed use."

2006, Book: Bringing Buildings Back: From Abandoned Properties To Community Assets, by Alan Mallach.

1949, Magazine Article: Fortune Magazine, 1949: Take Utica For Instance, By Robert Sheehan.

Research, Studies, White Papers & Articles

2021: Investment Plan, Utica DRI Investment Plan (PDF)

2020: Utica DRI, Utica DRI 2020 (PDF) a "Strategic Investment Plan, by Lisa Nagle (Elan) and Michael N’Dolo (MRB).

2019: Thesis, Eminent Domain and Land Disposition: Urban Renewal in Upstate New York

2019: Utica's big "nothing burger," Community Foundation Pamphlet (V2.0), New Downtown Vision (PDF) [Ref.]

2017: An important article looks at the issues surrounding Developers vs. a city's "Downtowners". Read the The Big Urban Mistake, by Arian Horbovetz

2017: Study, Revitalizing America’s Smaller Legacy Cities (PDF), "Strategies for Postindustrial Success from Gary to Lowell", by Torey Hollingsworth and Alison Goebel

2017: Study, Broome County (Binghamton) Housing Study (PDF)

2016: Thesis, (re)imagine all the (rust belt) people: living life in today’s post- industrial utica, new york

2016: Case Study, Angela Moreno-Long, Cornell University - Sustainable Neighborhood Development & Urban Revitalization in Utica, NY: A Leed-ND Case Study (PDF)

2015: Paper, Rust to Green (R2G) - Praxis as University-Community Placemaking, by Paula Horrigan, "R2G is a civic engagement project with the transformative agenda of catalyzing community-driven placemaking in Upstate New York cities endeavoring to transition from post-industrial “rust” to “green” resiliency."

2013: Study, Benchmark Cities, Utica Utica Arts & Culture- Taking Steps Toward Creative Place Making

2013: Study, Jamie Peck, Banal Urbanism - Cities and the Creativity Fix

2013: Whitepaper, Duke Law - Recycling America: Adaptive Reuse in the 21st Century (PDF)

2012: Article, Protecting Existing Neighborhoods from the Impacts of New Development

2012: Presentation, Downtown Utica Development Association (DUDA) - Main Streets (PDF)

2012: Research Paper, What is the Future of Utica? (PDF)

2011: Planning Report, City of Utica Waterfront Access Plan (PDF)

2009: Master of Arts Thesis, Cornell University - Urban Development & Revitalization Related To City & Regional Politics In Utica, NY (PDF)

2007: Program, "Upper Floors", Enhancing Main Street: Making Upper Floors Work Again, Pg. 1 (PDF) & "Upper Floors", Enhancing Main Street: Making Upper Floors Work Again, Pg. 2 (PDF)

2005: Research Report, Adaptive Reuse of Historic Industrial Buildings (PDF)

2005: Study, Downtown Utica Residential Market Potential, by Zimmerman-Volk (PDF)

2005: Guidebook, Property Reuse & Economic Revitalization - Redeveloping Commercial Vacant Properties in Legacy Cities (PDF)

Urban Renewal

2010: Article, The Fall Of Niagara Falls (An Urban Renewal Fail)

2008: Final Report, Columbia University, Urban Revitalization in the United States - Policies and Practices (PDF)

2003: Book, In Gotham's Shadow Globalization: Community Change In Central New York

Benchmark Cities

Benchmark: Huntington Station, NY

Benchmark: Lancaster, PA (PDF)

Benchmark: Sheboygan, Wisconsin (PDF)

Benchmark: East Village, San Diego, California

Benchmark: Mt. Vernon, New York (PDF)

Benchmark: Buffalo, NY: Downtown Development Guide (PDF)

Benchmark: Asheville, NC

Benchmark: Orange County, FL (very detailed, county-wide, planning document)

Benchmark: Worcester, MA, Downtown Urban Revitalization Plan, April 2016 (PDF)

Resources On The Web

Getting to Know CRIS: An Introduction to the Division for Historic Preservation’s Online Cultural Resource Information System

Strong Towns


Project for Public Spaces (PPS)

Other Utica-area Benchmarks

July 2018 - Utica Marina RFP, City of Utica

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