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Hometown History: Looking back at the City of Utica

Walking through downtown it's easy to pick out the landmarks. But dial back the clock about 50 years, and you will notice a lot of changes.

Posted: Feb 22, 2020 7:30 AM

UTICA, N.Y. --- Walking through downtown it's easy to pick out the landmarks.  But dial back the clock about 50 years, and you will notice a lot of changes.

Utica Police posting a gallery of pictures to their Facebook page showing numerous photos of Utica's downtown back in the 1940s.

"Things have changed over the years and its kind of sad, because the memories over time. If you talk to people, the memories of those are ingrained," said Palmieri.

The mayor said that things took a turn for the worse in the 1970s. Much of the hustle and bustle that you see in the pictures, fading away. The popular retail stores left at an alarming rate."

"You know we can say it was a dark time, when all of the retail left, you could throw a bowling ball down Genesee street. The state, the city, the county shut down. There wasn't really much going on at this point," said Palmieri.

But the Mayor said with the 10 million dollar DRI grant and all of the improvements such as the hospital and Nexus Center, he said the city will have a bright future.

"You will see a city that people come all over to visit here and look at us and use us as what can be done when we all come together," said Palmieri

To view, the full gallery of photos click here.

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