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Rowhomes for the Near Eastside - City Hall should build new housing on the Near Eastside, and a lot of that new housing should be rowhomes. Rowhomes combine the benefits of both single-family and multi-family housing and they are a perfect housing solution for the growing Near Eastside. Over the past few years, private for-profit developers operating on the Near Eastside … Continue reading Rowhomes for the Near Eastside
The Public’s Interest in Housing on the Near Eastside - The Near Eastside needs more new housing, and it needs that new housing to be affordable for families with a range of incomes. Recent private for-profit development is providing housing for households at the top of that range, but it will take public and not-profit development to meet the needs of the rest of the … Continue reading The Public’s Interest in Housing on the Near Eastside
The Community Grid and Neighborhood Restoration - Before urban renewal, tight-knit neighborhoods right next to Downtown provided housing and opportunity for tens of thousands of people. Now, most of those neighborhoods are mostly parking lots and home to very few people. In order for the Community Grid to succeed, Syracuse must restore those neighborhoods.  Urban renewal hit the 15th Ward/Near Eastside worse … Continue reading The Community Grid and Neighborhood Restoration
Public involvement in the design, funding, and construction of Syracuse’s Columbus Monument - In a recent letter to the editor, James Albanese—a member of the Columbus Monument Corporation—described Syracuse’s Columbus Monument as a ‘privately’ funded statue. Writing of the importance of the monument as a physical object located in a prime public space, Mr. Albanese says: “being there connects us with our immigrant ancestors, who after a 15-year … Continue reading Public involvement in the design, funding, and construction of Syracuse’s Columbus Monument
The case for bus lanes - Syracuse should build bus lanes on specific high-traffic streets as part of the I-81 project. Giving buses dedicated space on city streets makes public transit faster, cheaper, and more reliable, and it’s an important step towards building a transportation system that works for everybody. But bus lanes weren’t included in NYSDOT’s draft plans for I-81, … Continue reading The case for bus lanes