Type of Work

Research Paper - Limited Access

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Utica, New York is a Rust Belt city of 60,000 in the center of the state. This city has endured despite population loss, industry loss, arson, and city-wide poverty; the city government’s adaptive renewal strategies help in this endurance. This paper lays out the history of Utica’s urban renewal and examines its current implementation. Now, the city government has partnered with various companies and firms to construct large-scale development projects. Projects such as the Hospital Downtown and the Marcy Nanocenter are meant to create highly-skilled professions in the heart of the city. Economic development agencies complement this work by providing resources to smaller businesses. While these priorities will ultimately aid the city’s redevelopment, they neglect the most impoverished communities. City developers use most of the resources that the city gets from the county, state, and federal level to develop the urban core. Economic development agencies’ struggle in their outreach to low-income communities. Ultimately, urban renewal in Utica has had positive effects, but it is not an equitable process.

Hamilton Areas of Study


Hamilton Sponsoring Organization

Levitt Public Affairs Center

Hamilton Scholarship Series

Levitt Summer Research Fellowship

Hamilton Faculty Advisor

Steve Ellingson