Could gondola lifts one day transport people through the skies of Utica from downtown north a quarter-mile to the Harbor Point area? The Utica Observer-Dispatch reported on Common Council member has floated the idea.
This would not be the city's first foray into obscure ski lodge inspired transportation. After all, the city owns a ski lift at the Val Bialas Sports Center.
Here are 4 more crazy forms of transportation the city could experiment with.
The Other Kind of Gondola
For a city that prides itself on its Italian heritage, this is a no-brainer. Bring in Venice-style gondolas to ply the Erie Canal from the Utica Marina to the Utica Marsh landing at the end of old Barnes Ave to Harbor Point.
I can hear the gondoliers now, O Sole Mio
Yes, of course, the Simpsons did it first. A monorail could carry Uticans high above the un-synced traffic lights of Genesee Street.
Today I learned that these things are actually called Funiculars. Pittsburgh has one. So does Johnstown, PA. Why not Utica? I could see an incline being very useful for WKTV and WUTR employees who have to battle driving up Smith Hill in winter trying to get to work.
The only problem with all of these transportation ideas for Utica? They lack speed. How about a hovercraft tearing up the wake in the Utica Harbor?