Accentuating the Positive in Syracuse Regeneration

A new coalition in Syracuse, New York is making moves to help regenerate the city. Roberta Brandes Gratz offers this look at what the city is doing.

"No one seems left out of the loose partnership among the mayor, university chancellor, assorted neighborhood groups and business associations. The positive spirit is palpable just talking to local residents and activists and viewing reviving rundown areas spread around town.

'There is a ‘can do' sense throughout the city,' says designer and preservation activist Beth Crawford, 'a sense that neighborhoods can fight for what they need and want, oppose demolitions, achieve good planning and needed enforcement.'"

Gratz writes that the city is focusing its efforts on adding promising elements and developments to the city, rather than focusing solely on downsizing empty homes.

Full Story: Redeveloping an Old City the Right (Thoughtful) Way

Comments

building block set

NEW! Build the world you want to see

Irresistible block set for adults when placed on a coffee table or desk, and great fun for kids.
$25
Red necktie with map of Boston

For dads and grads: tie one on to celebrate your city!

Choose from over 20 styles imprinted with detailed city or transit maps.
$44.95

City Coasters

Hand-drawn engraved maps of your favorite neighborhoods are divided up across 4 coasters making each one unique.
$36.00
Planetizen Courses image ad

Planetizen Courses

Advance your career with subscription-based online courses tailored to the urban planning professional.
Starting at $16.95 a month