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The formerly vacant and crumbling Woolworth building in downtown Watertown will soon host apartments and commercial space. Photo: Joanna Richards
The formerly vacant and crumbling Woolworth building in downtown Watertown will soon host apartments and commercial space. Photo: Joanna Richards

As downtown Watertown revives, some say city hall lacks vision

Watertown's downtown has been decaying for years, with boarded-up buildings and businesses dwindling. It's not an uncommon problem in America's smaller cities.

Now, a handful of big projects are reviving the historical structures at the center of town, and some new small businesses are thriving. But some say the city could be doing more to encourage growth.  Go to full article
Work begins on the Woolworth building in Watertown's Public Square. Photo: Joanna Richards
Work begins on the Woolworth building in Watertown's Public Square. Photo: Joanna Richards

Work begins on Watertown's Woolworth building

Work has begun to revive a long-vacant eyesore at the center of downtown Watertown.  Go to full article
An old doorway tells the Woolworth building's history. Photo: Joanna Richards
An old doorway tells the Woolworth building's history. Photo: Joanna Richards

Work begins soon to bring Watertown landmark back to life

The state of Watertown's historic Woolworth building tells you a lot about the health of the city. And for years, the message hasn't been good. But the vacant eyesore is on track to re-emerge as evidence of the downtown's steady improvement.  Go to full article
On the Raquette River bridge looking east into downtown...
On the Raquette River bridge looking east into downtown...

Raquette River at center of Potsdam downtown revitalization plan

Earlier this week the village of Potsdam unveiled its long-awaited plan to revitalize its waterfront and downtown areas.

It includes a facelift for the village's Ives Park and improvements in recreational access to the Raquette river; and construction of an open-air pavilion where an expanded farmers market would take place.

It calls for a big new hotel in the village; streetscape improvements in the downtown and waterfront areas; a riverfront walkway; and public restrooms. And there would also be a big marketing effort and a new Potsdam website.  Go to full article

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