Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Feedback: Watertown's Court Street Falls On Hard Times | WWNY TV 7

        The Hitch is still open, but Court Street does have it's challenges. There is work being done on buildings and there are businesses there, but any bricks and mortar retail struggles these days.

Feedback: Watertown's Court Street Falls On Hard Times | WWNY TV 7 - News, Weather and Sports for | Local News

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Commie Cody just thinks everything is GREAT all over town. Perhaps he should take a stroll down court street.

Anonymous said...

According to the city web-site one of our new members of council lives on court street. That is; when he is not out of the area working on NYS business. Never the less, you would think he might have some ideas for court street. maybe... Better yet, maybe he could ask Patty?

Anonymous said...

The city should take over the globe mini mall and make that the new city court complex. Lots of space and lots of parking. Maybe even make it a second police station. Then we wouldn't have all that rift raft hanging in the lobby for court.

Anonymous said...

too bad the city manager doesn't live in the city. if she did she might have noticed what is happening over there and coughed up an idea or two.

Anonymous said...

The only court the queen is concerned with is her own court. Raises for all dept. heads.

Anonymous said...

8:32, your continued hissy fit about our City Manager makes you look like a fool.

Anonymous said...


The slow death of downtown continues and will continue until we get some new blood and new ideas in this town. Our main focus is to rehabilitate and put low-income individuals on the square. Unfortunately, these people do not have disposable incomes. To bring back downtown we need venues that attract people. Theaters, restaurants, sports venues, cultural events and the like. This is not a new problem as many other cities have faced similar problems. Maybe it is time to do some actual research and find some solutions. Theresa thinks that maybe it is time to talk about it??? Where have you been while Rome was burning? You have been in there for many years and think now is the time to do something? I think I see the problem.

Anonymous said...

Parking is a huge issue in cold environments with out of shape denizens. The majority of the city is unwilling to parking more than 40 yards from their business they intend to patron, and is only amplified by the cold. Additionally parking the gestapo in the plaza behind (or below) Stream has done nothing but keep people away. It used to be handy parking to park there then way over to Court street, not so much any more.

Anonymous said...

6:11 don't be an idiot. As long as they don't have a chain link fence, Court Street and the rest of Watertown is fine.

Getting people to drive to the ghetto for a couple hours, does not make the ghetto go away. The fact is that jobs are scarce in all of the north country thanks to Albany. The few people that have good jobs, do not choose to live in the city because they city has a history of harassing its occupants.

Anonymous said...

6:11 is spot on.
What did the city leaders think would happen with all of the low income housing they have placed downtown? Who has any money to spend that lives down there? No one, that is why they are low income. Keep giving Mr. Murray and friends grants to keep putting more low income "stuff" down town and it will never get better. Why is there no coordinated effort to give businesses that set up shop down town their own version of a PILOT. Where is the WLDC in all this? Doesn't Donny have some money to sprinkle around? Oh, we better go ask DANC. All Watertown needs to do is go spend some time on Amory Square in Syracuse. Stop by Funk and Waffles and look at a fresh new idea. Watertown has so many local talented musicians, looks like an idea that would draw people to downtown instead of chasing them to Arsenal Street.

Anonymous said...

Soon many Not for profits will be in their shiny new building on Washington. This will bring the monied folk down who may throw some spare change to the residents thus giving them something to spend. Problem solved.

Face it. Downtown issue a total writeoff.

Anonymous said...

Another Urban Renewal success story.
The Chamber has never taken hold of this problem----even they deserted downtown.
Is there no Downtown Business Ass'n. effort anymore?
Study the downtown demographic. Who's there? No one with disposable income. Just hangers-on who can hardly do that.
The poor optician who opened in the Woolworth Building----great concept, poor neighborhood, no marketing plan.
Even the un-named mall---Coughlin Printing, contract p.o.---it is dingy, dirty and quiet as a church on a weekday. Another disaster.
Is there no creative thinking?

Anonymous said...

It's my understanding that the empty spots they showed are due to have some new renters in them soon. It's to bad Good Year is leaving. But if they have to, they have to. I see their thinking. Everything is up on Arsenal Street. Everything else is up in the town Of Watertown. Why do you stay in a dead area? The Square is more suited towards pubs, little catch the eye shops, and not much else.

Anonymous said...

We need someone with a vision on how this area can be developed and marketed. Not some big extensive and expensive study by some outside firm.
This is some prime real estate that is not being used to it's fullest.
The downside is that the one way designation of the street may detract somewhat from it's potential.

Anonymous said...

Where's all the vision from the vision guy, Jennings ? He wants a dog park in Thompson Park and is in charge of bed bugs.

Anonymous said...

Didn't Cody start a NFP to help out the downtown merchants who felt they weren't being properly represented by the Chamber?

Anonymous said...


Council missed the boat when they decided to rebuild the old arena to the tune of $12,000,000. A new facility built downtown could have provided the impetus for some real development to help serve the groves of hockey fans, concert goers, trade show visitors etc... Every other municipality seems to understand this why not Watertown? K-Rock Center, SPAC etc... are all considered major success stories for their downtowns. As usual, a lack of vision has lead to another missed opportunity. I feel bad for the businesses down there that are rarely ever considered and struggling. NEW PEOPLE NEEDED ON COUNCIL!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Face the facts. The local press did everything to take away anything positive in our city. Including a Mayor they felt was to in their face every time they tried to kick him in the face. So every story in the paper and on the tv had to reflect the negative in order to fill the plan. It got so negative that now it is the norm. We loss anything that's positive around here more every week. Stories of bedbugs, drugs, murder, rape, and child abuse are all we see. I don't watch the local news and don't buy the paper. Not until the sickness ends.

Anonymous said...

Problem started with the council in the 60s and continued on , When they demolished all the historic mansions and buildings and never replanted the hundreds of trees our city has lost over the years . Downtown is lost forever.