Monthly Archives: April 2012
We are living in the post-industrial age. For many communities in the US whose growth grew from dependence on manufacturing and industrialization, the utopian state of the 1950s is a distant dream or forgotten memory (Wilson & Wouters, 2003.) Once thriving communities have turned into depressed cities riddled with abandoned factories, condemned buildings, poverty and unemployment. They are filled with jobless, skilled and unskilled laborers and have few opportunities for those with professional skill and education. What is the future of the growing numbers of rust-belt cities in the United States? Too often, we turn our backs on these small cities and dismiss them as being too economic and resource intensive and therefore beyond saving. But there is rich history and culture worth preserving and opportunity in these communities for revitalization; we need to partner with the citizens to seek these opportunities out and make the changes necessary to grow and move into the future (Spinuzzi, 2005.)
The City of Utica in conjunction with Ithaca College is looking to host the first of a proposed annual film festival. I think this is a great idea and opportunity for the city. One theme that has continually emerged from my research thus far is that Utica has a rich arts and culture economy. It’s not always promoted, patronized or taken advantage of to the extent that it could be, but it does exist. This event could be an important step to making those creative assets more visible.
City of Utica to Hold Film Festival on May 12
WKTV News – April 24, 2012
My blog and research project was mentioned this morning on David Miner’s blog for the Utica Observer Dispatch. I saw a major spike in traffic today as a result.
I want to hear from you!
I have developed a quick survey for you to tell me who you are and what you think about the Utica area and community. Why do you live here? What are Utica’s strengths and weaknesses? What opportunities exist for the city? What is happening right now that can shape the future of the community?
Oneida County ranks low in state on health report.
Utica OD, April 3 2012.
The latest report on the health of Oneida County residents compared to the rest of New York State. How does this play into the future of the community? What impact will the merger of St. Elizabeth’s with Faxton-St. Luke’s hospitals have on health care in Oneida county? Is there an opportunity to make a positive change?