A New Life for Refugees, and the City They Adopted. (The New York Times, 8/10/2014)
A revived Utica. Though precise numbers are hard to come by, perhaps as many as one-fourth of Utica’s population of 62,000 is made up of refugee families, according to Shelly Callahan, executive director of the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees, a nonprofit group that has helped to resettle thousands of refugees for 35 years. The immigrants have been an economic engine for the city, starting small businesses, buying and renovating down-at-the-heels houses and injecting a sense of vitality to forlorn city streets.
Looking to Prosper as a Melting Pot; Utica, Long in Decline, Welcomes an Influx of Refugees. (The New York Times, 5/7/1999)
Wonder if the NYT offered a correction to the 1960 population figure (see page 7). After a decadeslong drain of factory jobs and people -- the city's population, which was 125,000 in 1960, dropped to 92,000 by 1975 and is now down to 64,000 -- city officials and local business leaders believe these refugees, many of whom were skilled professionals in their native lands, are Utica's best chance for prosperity.