‘Utica Struggles’ Photo Essay Hits Newspapers Nationwide [PHOTOS + POLL]
A photo essay entitled ‘Utica Struggles’ was released yesterday by Getty Images, the international media’s clearinghouse of images. The photos were picked up by many news outlets including the Albany Times-Union and USA Today. The Downtown Utica Development Authority and Mayor Rob Palmeri have stated on Facebook that the photos are one-sided and don’t show the bright side of our community. Take a look and judge for yourself.
From the description of the ‘Utica Struggles’ photo essay:
Like many upstate New York communities, Utica is struggling to make the transition from a former manufacturing hub. The city’s individual poverty rate is twice the national average with an unemployment rate of 9.8% as of February 2012. Citing Utica’s weakening financial margins over the past two years, Fitch Ratings downgraded its credit rating on Utica by two notches to a triple-B, two rungs above junk territory.
Let us know, do you feel Utica was shown in a negative light?