Using methods outlined in The Scenario-Planning Handbook, I identified key elements in shaping the cities future. These forces and drivers were used to craft 3 alternate future scenarios for the city of Utica. More information and an outline of the scenarios can be found here.
Members of the community were invited to review and write personal stories around different aspects of the scenarios and how they can play out. Over the next week, the stories will be posted here and everyone is invited to comment and provide feedback.
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.
Another article that is supporting the idea that there is a growing arts and culture economy in the Utica area. The neighborhood around the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute has changed from a depressing, crime ridden area of the city to budding creative community in just the past 10 years.
Utica arts district takes form.
Utica OD, April 15, 2012
Munson William Proctor Arts Institute neighborhood.
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?!?
Reading, writing and nano? SUNYIT forum addresses schools and nanojobs.
Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi addresses a forum about education and nanotech jobs on the SUNYIT campus in Utica.
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Are Small Rust Belt Cities the Future of Green?
This article from the The Atlantic Cities discusses a new book by Catherine Tumbler which proposes that smaller industrial cities “could be instrumental in moving us toward an economically dynamic, low-carbon future.”