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Transit, Traffic, and Growth in the Northern Suburbs - Micron’s proposal to build a large factory on Route 31 in Clay has a lot of people talking about public transit in the northern suburbs, but Onondaga County will need better planning to guide population growth so that public transit can actually work out there. The northern suburbs can’t accommodate much more population growth with … Continue reading Transit, Traffic, and Growth in the Northern Suburbs
Commuting to City Hall - The administration’s plan for an employee parking shuttle shows that City Hall needs to provide people with better options for getting to work.  In last week’s common council meeting, the administration described an increasingly untenable situation where there simply aren’t enough parking spaces for every municipal employee to be able to store their car right … Continue reading Commuting to City Hall
Transit to Suburban Jobs - There’s not much doubt that Centro will run a bus line to the new computer chip factory on Route 31 when it opens. What’s not so clear is how good the service will be, or if it will meaningfully improve anybody’s life. Centro designs its service—particularly suburban service—as a kind of social safety net. It’s … Continue reading Transit to Suburban Jobs
Restore the canal without recreating its problems - More and more people are starting to talk about the benefits of rewatering the Erie Canal in Downtown Syracuse. Old photos of Syracuse are tantalizing. Clinton Square is full of people watching the canal, and the City looks like Venice or Amsterdam or Suzhou. Compared to the Erie Boulevard of today, it can seem like … Continue reading Restore the canal without recreating its problems
A Collection of Images of Demolished Downtown Apartment Buildings - The most striking change in Downtown Syracuse’s building stock over the last 100 years is the almost total removal of apartment houses. Downtown’s old apartment houses weren’t as famous as major public buildings like the Third County Courthouse of the Yates Hotel, but they were home to hundreds of people at any given time, and … Continue reading A Collection of Images of Demolished Downtown Apartment Buildings