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The Canal in the City - The Erie Canal is maybe the most important thing that ever happened to Syracuse, but there’s hardly any trace of it left in the City. That’s bad—it makes it harder for people to tell their City’s story, and that makes it harder for them to place themselves within that story. Anything that restores the canal’s place … Continue reading The Canal in the City
Buses Without Traffic - You’re riding the bus when a mother with her two kids rings the bell. The bus pulls over, they get off, and the operator waits for a few cars to pass before he can get back into the travel lane. During those few seconds the light turns yellow and then red. The bus rolls up … Continue reading Buses Without Traffic
Tourism’s Trap - The Reimagine the Canals Initiative—a statewide brainstorming session that asks ‘how can we make more money off the Erie Canal?’—threatens to reduce one of Upstate’s most valuable pieces of infrastructure into a tourist attraction. The initiative follows last year’s Reimagine the Canals Competition. The judges of that competition thought that the Canal was most useful … Continue reading Tourism’s Trap
An Ugly Idea - Ever since NYSDOT came out in favor of the Grid, Town of Clay Supervisor Damian Ulatowski has been spreading a real ugly idea around Onondaga County. He’s been telling anyone who will listen that the suburbs’ “voices are not being heard.” When Ulatowski says that, he doesn’t mean that all the communities along I81 should … Continue reading An Ugly Idea
Congressman Katko’s Party Loyalty - As the Republican Party digs in to defend the President, Congressman John Katko is losing control of his carefully crafted image as a ‘moderate.’ It used to be that Paul Ryan would help Katko maintain that image by allowing him to cast meaningless protest votes against unpopular Republican legislation. That’s what happened in 2017 when … Continue reading Congressman Katko’s Party Loyalty