Desperately Seeking The Revolution

I'm struck by the over-the-top rhetoric that is accompanying the protests over the closing of the Ida Benderson Senior Citizen Center, a drop-in program run by the city's Parks & Recreation for many years. The Center is scheduled to be closed by the city on October 1st--its $120,000 annual rent and the extra expenses for … Continue reading Desperately Seeking The Revolution

Public Art That Doesn’t Suck

Public art in Syracuse has largely been a huge disappointment. A weird metal couch by the entrance to Rt. 690. Hubcaps stacked onto poles (supposedly a totem). The plastic horses "on parade". Now we finally have something that might be worthwhile, thought provoking and have some relation to the town we all live in: arterie … Continue reading Public Art That Doesn’t Suck

Green Hills Protests Tax Breaks For Development Of New City Grocery Store

Green Hills Farms Market used space in its weekly circular to raise questions about the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency (SIDA) (as well as the NY State Healthy Food, Healthy Communities Fund) for approving tax breaks for the developer of the Valley Plaza in an attempt to bring the Tops Markets supermarket chain to the Southside … Continue reading Green Hills Protests Tax Breaks For Development Of New City Grocery Store

Top 10 Perfectly Legal (Yet Morally Dubious) Ways To Raise Money For The City of Syracuse.

While Seneca Falls is hoping to increase tourism and generate more revenue by claiming to be the inspiration for movie director Frank Capra's fictional Bedford Falls in the movie "It's A Wonderful Life," the city of Syracuse is following the development model seen by the fictional George Bailey after being granted his wish of never … Continue reading Top 10 Perfectly Legal (Yet Morally Dubious) Ways To Raise Money For The City of Syracuse.

More Depressing News About Syracuse’s Public Schools

We already knew that the graduation rates for students from the Syracuse City School District was depressingly low, hovering near 50%. Now, The NY State Board of Regents has released data on both graduation rates and performance on the final Regents exams showing that a depressing number of high school graduates are not ready for … Continue reading More Depressing News About Syracuse’s Public Schools