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 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 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
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