What is the Future of Utica? Alternative Futures and Design Opportunities for a Rust-belt Community
Savannah, Ga. : Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M.F.A.) -- Design Management
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Design Management
Includes bibliographical references (p.78-80).
When it came time to define my thesis topic, I choose something close to my heart. I wanted to explore the future of my hometown—the economically depressed, post-industrial, small city of Utica located in upstate New York. The tragedy of the rust-belt city is nothing new to the US. We often hear about the issues plaguing large cities like Detroit and Buffalo. But just like corporations that were deemed “too big to fail” by the government following the 2008 economic crash, perhaps these cities could also be considered too big to fail. But what about the smaller communities with similar problems and issues? Are we ignoring the cities with populations under 200,000 simply because no one would notice if they disappeared?
My goal for this study was to re-immerse myself in the community that I grew from and work with them to design tools to empower the citizens in shaping their future. My journey through this process has been cataloged by way of the blog, http://futureofutica.wordpress.com/. It is my hope that the people of Utica embrace and move forward with this process to become a leading example of revitalization in the postindustrial age.
CHAIR: Miller, Christine
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