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Coronavirus and the Bus - Crises reveal what really matters. Work that used to be forgotten is now understood to be essential. Workers who used to be taken for granted are now recognized as heroes—fighting on the frontlines against this global pandemic—the hospitals, the nursing homes, the garbage routes, the checkout counters. Renewed appreciation for these people and the work … Continue reading Coronavirus and the Bus
What if Liverpool had merged with Salina and Syracuse in 1848? - In 1848 the villages of Salina (the area around Washington Square) and Syracuse (the area around Clinton Square) merged to form the City of Syracuse. According to Dennis Connor’s book Crossroads in Time, local leaders also considered including the villages of Geddes and Liverpool in the new city. Geddes (the area around St Mark’s Square … Continue reading What if Liverpool had merged with Salina and Syracuse in 1848?
Three Reasons to Free Streets From Cars - As Syracuse plans to reserve more of its streets for buses, bikers, and people on foot, it’s important to be clear about why that’s a good idea. There are at least three different reasons to keep cars off a city street. To make an intersection safer Intersections where lots of streets meet at odd angles … Continue reading Three Reasons to Free Streets From Cars
Judging the Mayor’s Next Two Years - Ben Walsh just announced that he’s going to run for reelection in 2021. That gives the Mayor two years to convince you to vote for him. Here are four things to watch over that time to help inform your decision. Sidewalks It wasn’t a big deal when Ben-Walsh-the-candidate said he’d do something about Syracuse’s snow-covered … Continue reading Judging the Mayor’s Next Two Years
The Captive Rider Myth - Centro likes to divide its riders into two groups—‘captive’ riders that have to use the bus because it’s their only option, and ‘choice’ that choose to use the bus because it’s the best option available to them. But the idea that anybody has to ride the bus—that people are ‘captive’ to transit—is a myth. It’s … Continue reading The Captive Rider Myth