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Old 12-13-2009, 09:41 PM
 
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That's like going to Oscar Night and staying in Compton.
Yeah. It was an experience I'd not care to repeat. The hotel was nice, but surrounded by barbed wire (construction zone) and then beyond that, it was "no man's land." I was scared to drive around downtown Utica, as it seemed very unsafe.
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Old 12-14-2009, 10:58 AM
 
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Yeah. It was an experience I'd not care to repeat. The hotel was nice, but surrounded by barbed wire (construction zone) and then beyond that, it was "no man's land." I was scared to drive around downtown Utica, as it seemed very unsafe.
Utica isn't that bad. It's blue collar city. So, it has a "gritty" look to it, but there isn't much to fear in Downtown Utica: Downtown Utica Development Association
http://www.downtownutica.com/pdf/DUDA%20downtown%20brochure-%20see%20taste%20do.pdf (broken link)
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Old 12-14-2009, 08:02 PM
 
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Utica isn't that bad. It's blue collar city. So, it has a "gritty" look to it, but there isn't much to fear in Downtown Utica: Downtown Utica Development Association
http://www.downtownutica.com/pdf/DUDA%20downtown%20brochure-%20see%20taste%20do.pdf (broken link)
I actually grew up near Utica in the 1950's and hadn't been back until a few years ago. 50 years ago it was much more prosperous city and the downtown was booming, lots of people around shopping and lots of thriving stores. I remember the Woolworth store and many other big department stores on the main commercial streets back then. And it was safe to walk around in the evenings. I didn't see any of that downtown prosperity in my visit a few years ago. I'm not sure what industries are there now to sustain the economy. Obviously things change and suburban malls have devastated many downtowns across America, and that may be what happened to Utica over the last 30-40 years. I'm not sure what happened, but it clearly has taken a dive economically.
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Old 12-18-2009, 07:34 AM
 
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Thank you all so much for all the replies. I will check all these places out. Employment isn't a necessity since I don't work.
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