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.
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
And you thought soap operas were dead! Mayor Stephanie Miner fired Felicia Davis, the head of the Civilian Review Board, on Friday. The C.R.B. was the only independent monitoring agency looking at complaints about police brutality. The fallout from this is going to be ugly. Before the soap opera begins, one thing should be kept … Continue reading As The Civilian Review Board Turns . . .
It was the best of times (Syracuse football in a bowl game!), it was the worst of times (blogging in Syracuse and CNY took a big hit with the shuttering of NYCO's Blog.) Besides surviving an earthquake this year, here are some of the other things in my hometown that did not escape my notice … Continue reading Syracuse Stories Of The Year 2010
As everyone around here knows, Syracuse has been a (blizzard hellhole) winter wonderland the past few days--we're up to 43 inches, setting many records along the way for amount of snow. This is nothing new to CNY. For the past few years Syracuse has won the Golden Snowball, a competition for the most snow amongst … Continue reading The Kirst Curse? Snowmaggedon ’10
Posted via email from syruckus's posterous Sally Jenkins is a talented sportswriter, having written for Sports Illustrated and now for the Washington Post. She was also the writer of Lance Armstrong's as-told-to bestseller "It's Not About The Bike." She was in Syracuse on Monday to watch Washington National-to-be phenom Stephen Strasburg pitch for the Chiefs … Continue reading Washington Post’s Sally Jenkins Really Dislikes Syracuse
Awhile back I wrote about a talk that educator Jerry Grant gave in Syracuse, about his book "Hope And Despair In The American City." The book studied segregation and poor performance in school districts in America. Syracuse was the poster child for the "Despair" section. In this weekend's NYT magazine is a story titled "Building … Continue reading Syracuse Schools: Poster Child For Failure, Yet Again
Update: this blog post got linked to by the newpaper’s Sunday Postscript: both on page A2 of the printed Sunday January 17th Post-Standard and here at their website. Thanks to Brian Cubbison at the Post. The mayor of Syracuse, Stephanie Miner, just released a report from her Transition Team (PDF) entitled Renewing The Promise of … Continue reading Lost In Transition Part 2
I recently read a very interesting article on Slate.com by John Swansburg "Why I Stopped Being A Sports Fan." A guy deeply immersed in modern sports culture goes cold turkey and finds he doesn't miss it all that much. I know what he's going through. I gained what I used to call "the dreaded P … Continue reading The Dreaded P Word: Perspective
Hope & Despair book Originally uploaded by Phil At Sun I went to a meeting of FOCUS Greater Syracuse today--one of the many good government groups that try to make an impact on our city. They have their meetings at the ungodly hour of 7:30 AM and the mostly older and white folks run around … Continue reading Hope And Despair In The American City