Thursday, January 6, 2011
The original Utica, or Utique, in Tunisia.
Utica is named after an ancient city in Tunisia, and sad to say, some neighborhoods today resemble the ruins in the photo. The story is that the settlers who founded our city on a bend in the Mohawk River couldn't agree on what to call it, so they threw some names in a hat. Utica won. I've always thought it had an unpleasant sound. Like something intestinal. I think the city council would be wise to change the name to New Hartford, our largest, most affluent suburb. That is a handsome name, a name to be proud of, and not just because I'm a native of Hartford, CT.