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Thesis Defense Presentation

I successfully defended my thesis on October 19 and passed without revisions. A copy of the presentation slides can be downloaded here. And a video of the presentation can be seen below. Please email me with any question or comments regarding the defense or this study.

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Share your stories…

This site is the culmination of a year-long study on the revitalization of rust-belt communities using Utica, NY as its case study. The study resulted in a scenario planning process and collection of narratives from residents of the community in the posts below. Please view the scenarios and read their stories. Let me know  your thoughts and ideas by commenting on the posts. If you feel inspired, I invite you to write your own story to share.

You can view and download the final report for this study here:

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D-Day is in sight!

A defense day for my thesis has been set… October 19!

I am working hard to finish up the writing and artifacts. This week, visual outlines of the scenarios will be posted. In the coming weeks, multimedia stories from member of the community will published to bring the scenarios to life. The final deliverable, a full report of the study, and slides of the final presentation will be available for download the week of October 15.

If you are interested in reading a copy of the full thesis, please contact me.

4 weeks and counting… the end is so close that I can test it!

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Buy a Home in Utica

Forbes magazine has named Utica #3 on the list of Best Places to Buy a Home. With midpoint price in housing under $100,000 and a surprisingly low foreclosure rate, this “old industrial hub in Upstate New York” is on the list with the likes of Rochester, NY, Raleigh, NC and Pittsburgh, PA.

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State of the Union

In the State of the Union address, President Obama talked to us about bringing manufacturing back to the United States and revitalizing post-industrial communities. Perhaps I will send my thesis to the White House when it is complete?!?

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Can Hip Urban Crafts Help Revitalize Rust Belt Manufacturing?

Interesting article on Fast Company. Thanks to Elisa Jara for sending this to me.

Can Hip Urban Crafts Help Revitalize Rust Belt Manufacturing?

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“At Least We’re Not Utica”

While on the air with mayor of Watertown (located 90 miles NW of Utica), a DJ bashes the city of Utica during a live radio program. His remarks have caused quite a stir for locals and one local young person, who also runs the KDCF Utica website, posted a video response.

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