Many thanks to the Post Standard's Urban Affairs editor Maureen Sieh for writing the real story on vacant houses in our neighborhoods: the fact that their number is growing and that they endanger our neighbors. Thanks also to video/photo guy Peter Chen for filming it, as well! I am happy to see this article, and … Continue reading The Real Story On Vacant Houses In Syracuse
Joanie Mahoney kills Armory Square sewage treatment plant In a blow for sanity, first year County Executive Joanie Mahoney came in and killed the planned sewage treatment plant in Armory Square. Joanie argued that the County could use newer and greener technology, eliminate the need for a plant in the middle of the city’s main … Continue reading Syracuse Stories Of The Year 2008
In a prior post entitled "This Is A Test" I wrote about calling the non-emergency Syracuse "City Line" (448-2489) to complain of an eroding patch of a Water Department utility cut in the street in front of my house. 115 days later (August 12- December 4) the patch has been re-patched. Considering the horror stories … Continue reading 115 Days
Many posts on local blogs point out CNY's outlander status: we're never the cool kid in school, we're the poor relations with the down market baggage. Hell, we weren't even hip enough to latch onto the housing bubble and see our home prices rise through the roof (mitigated, I guess, by the fact that we … Continue reading Syracuse: Defining The Bland Mediocre State Of America
This summer, I noticed a couple of interesting bootleg Obama t-shirts being sold by a guy in the parking lot down the street from our office. I stopped by to check them out and they were even large enough to fit me! So I ordered one up and the guy behind the folding table said … Continue reading Change We Can Believe In, Just Not Soon Enough
Yeah, I know we have this epic Presidential race, a pretty damn important race to elect a new Congressman in the NY-25 District and the potential to flip both the NY State Legislature and the US Senate Democratic. I know, keep your eyes on the prize. However, just for fun, sources both inside and outside … Continue reading Attention Deficit Disorder Politics
The Washington Post needed an example of a candidate in the Northeast that showed how Republicans have lost their dominance to a resurgent Democratic Party. They chose Dan Maffei and New York's 25th Congressional District. The article pointed out that our congressional district was the only one in the country where John Kerry won the … Continue reading Washington Post: Maffei Exemplifies Democrat Ascendancy In Northeast
Flipping the script--CNY Speaks writes the post and I comment. Thanks to Greg Munno from the Post-Standard and CNY Speaks I love this post, even though it contains a fair amount of criticism of a project that I am truly passionate about. The reason I love it is that it eloquently articulates exactly what CNYSpeaks … Continue reading CNY Speaks Back
The Post-Standard is working with Syracuse University to create a web-based experiment in civic participation, entitled CNY Speaks. While it is an interesting experiment, I wonder just what it is attempting to accomplish. Now I've been scribbling on these interwebs for several years, but I don't have any illusion that I'm having an impact on … Continue reading CNY Speaks, But Is Anyone Listening?
This Is A Test . . . Originally uploaded by Phil At Sun This is a test of the non-emergency city help line 448-CITY. On 8/12 I phoned in a complaint about the pictured utility cut. The cut was done early this summer by the Water Department. The patchwork paving has created a sinkhole and … Continue reading This Is A Test . . .