No, that’s not a joke.
It’s been nearly a year since I last posted here at Walkable Eastwood. The Walgreens hullabaloo is over, the old Steak & Sundae (aka Wittigs Ice Cream) building at the corner of James and Midler has been saved and there’s a fabulous ice cream shop in it (yaay Fifi’s!). And we have . . . → Read More: President Obama visits Eastwood
Every time a drive-thru is allowed in our James Street business district, the scales are tipped toward an auto-centric design that hurts walkability. If you want a replay of what happened at South Salina and Ballantyne, help yourself. Do nothing, and it will happen slowly but surely on James Street. Between Walgreens’ drive-thru and the upcoming . . . → Read More: One more auto-centric development for James Street
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Westcott Neighborhood Bulb Project
Started in 2003, the Westcott Neighborhood Bulb project, www.bulbproject.org a project of the Westcott Community Center, announces its city wide beautification plans for 2012. Since we started the project over 90,000 spring blooming, perennial bulbs have been planted.
We hope by providing low cost, quality perennial . . . → Read More: Bulb Project goes city-wide
One of the things I love about Eastwood is the ease with which I can actually see my neighbors. They’re not virtual, we don’t “friend” each other on Facebook. They stop by, on purpose or by happenstance, and I see them while out gardening or while sitting on our open porch.
Yesterday morning, Margaret McVicker stopped by . . . → Read More: Margaret McVicker Writes Again
Thanks to Chuck Lochner, we have a great slide show of the parade before noon! Thanks, Chuck, for putting this together!
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After lots of great music, great neighbors and friendly faces, Gustav the street puppet, created in 2010 by “Walkable Eastwood” neighbors, brought up the rear. A special thanks to the Walker Family . . . → Read More: Memorial Day Parade 2012
Does it really make sense to actually inject a lot of stuff into the earth? Do we really know how the earth would react to these kinds of massive changes? Well, we’re finding out. Oklahoma is experiencing a significant increase in the number of earthquakes and it’s because of hydrofracking.
Quake Outbreak Tied to Drilling Wastewater
Oh, what . . . → Read More: Hydrofracking causes earthquakes
We’re fortunate here in Syracuse to have a great parks department, amazing parks atop every drumlin and tucked away in corners of every neighborhood, and dedicated, resourceful volunteers who insure that we have places of great beauty to enjoy.
We used to have these places right in our business districts, too. Here is one of them. Do . . . → Read More: A place of great beauty
The most popular Walkable Eastwood blog post is turning out to be this one – “You haven’t lived in Eastwood if you…”
The comments from people who remember growing up in Eastwood are so touching and often so funny. I’m asking myself – what was it about that Eastwood that people here remember, long for, . . . → Read More: A heart attack in Eastwood
Our Eastwood neighbors are featured on the front page of OCRRA’s spring newsletter, in which “members of the Eastwood Baptist Church collect litter during the Earth Day Cleanup in 2011. Help beautify Onondaga County and register your group by April 6 at OCRRA.org.”
If you don’t know this guy to the left, you should. He’s . . . → Read More: Annual litter cleanup April 20 and 21
A neighbor who attended the Planning Commission meeting on Monday, March 12 sent me the following:
A new proposal at the former funeral home (aprox. across from Books & Memories). The same developer (from Cortland) who’s done some “Five Guys burgers & fries” proposes a “Carroza’s pizza & wings.” They would demolish and rebuild. They “require” a . . . → Read More: Demolish, build in a sea of asphalt. Again.
We’ve found all sorts of things on our front porch, such as half-eaten pizza, slices of bread that the squirrels have torn apart, and a box of mayonnaise. Okay, that last one was shipped to us because I’d purchased one of the last brands of mayonnaise that’s still sold in glass jars.
But today, Dave found the . . . → Read More: “Laundry Day” mystery
The Eastwood Plaza is a fun place! Not only has Cafe Kubal completed its expansion, but while we suffered the loss of our neighborhood hardware store, we have Paul Birchmeyer’s Auction Service there now.
You may not see it from the front, but if you just walk around to the east side of the building, you’ll find . . . → Read More: Doings at the Eastwood Plaza
It would be great to see some Eastwood art on the Connective Corridor bus! The following was sent to me today. Jan Cruz was one of the SU professors instrumental in the Art-In-Motion project, which got us Gustav, the 17-foot street puppet.
My name is Francesca Merwin and I am the Engagement Fellow/Communications Coordinator for the Connective . . . → Read More: Mobile Galleries Project for the Connective Corridor
Happy New Year Eastwood Neighbor!
You are invited to attend the Syracuse Tomorrow’s Neighborhoods Today (TNT) - Eastwood District 6 monthly meeting on Monday, January 23, 2011, at 7:00 pm at Huntington School, 400 Sunnycrest Road. This meeting is FREE and OPEN TO ALL RESIDENTS, BUSINESSES, AND ORGANIZATIONS who have a stake in the future of your neighborhood’s planning and growth. This will be a meeting of your official Eastwood Neighborhood Planning Council making decisions and taking action toward . . . → Read More: From Your Eastwood Neighborhood Planning Council: TNT Meeting TONIGHT!
Please click on the picture or the link below to see the entire proposal (pdf file) created by Mike Stanton. It will definitely open your eyes to perfectly viable possibilities here in Eastwood.
Proposal for a Kinneys . . . → Read More: We could have this Kinneys
Remember this back in November:
“Syracuse lawmakers vote themselves the power to override the city planning commission” (Syracuse.com, 11/29/2011)
Lonnie posted about it here on November 22nd. Well, this may be late notice but TONIGHT all of us can do something about it!
Apparently, the Common Councilors who voted 6-3, with very little transparency or public input, to amend the City Charter to be able to inject legislative politics into unanimous City Planning Commission decisions, didn’t get the message from our letters.
Mayor Stephanie Miner is seeking public comment TONIGHT AT CITY HALL on the Common Council’s decision to amend the City Charter for more authority over Planning Commission decisions. The Mayor wants to hear from the public and listen directly to comments to assist in making a decision to act on the City Charter change. She has already come out against it but needs some support from the public for next steps. The vote on the Common Council was veto-proof, but maybe cooler heads will prevail…
The meeting will be at 5:00 p.m. in Council chambers on the 3rd floor of City Hall, 233 E. Washington Street, Syracuse, 13202.
Continue reading TONIGHT: Tell Mayor Miner to Stop this Power Grab
Tonight, December 13, at 7:00 the Eastwood Neighborhood Association (ENA) will hold their quarterly Open House at Blessed Sacrament Church.
The keynote speaker tonight will be Diane Eggert, Executive Director of the Farmers’ Market Federation of New York, who will give a presentation on starting a community farmers’ market. The Eastwood Neighborhood Association is organizing a Steering . . . → Read More: Eat Where You Live – In Eastwood, Of Course!
A simple concept: a million letters to Governor Cuomo asking him to prohibit hydrofracking in New York State.
A simple action on your part: Write a letter
1. Watch the video about hydrofracking.
Time: 1 minute, 53 seconds.
2. Write your letter from the heart. Or use their cool online letterwriter.
Time: 3 minutes, 47 seconds.
3. Phone the governor.
Time: 2 minutes, 10 . . . → Read More: You’re one in a million
Check it out, folks: Eastwood Neighborhood Planning Council Facebook page. Can’t make it to meetings but want a place where your thoughts on planning issues are valued? What better place than Facebook where plenty of us are hanging out these days?
Please go to that page and “Like” it. Read some of the entries, and by all . . . → Read More: A Facebook page for Eastwood!