What’s wrong with this first picture? Google maps has a nifty function now by which you can easily see the locations of dedicated bike paths, such as canal or rail trails (dark green), bike lanes in streets (light green), and recommended streets for bike travel (dotted green). In searching out bike paths in the Central New . . . → Read More: Biking near Syracuse… or Rochester
Written by Maureen Harding, published with her permission:
There are several myths floating out there in Syracuse that somehow mistakenly are taken as “fact” concerning the Walkable Eastwood group of neighbors:
Myth: Redevelopment at the northeast corner of James and Midler (the former location of Steak & Sundae ) is being prevented by the Walkable Eastwood group.
Fact: The . . . → Read More: Urban myths about Walkable Eastwood
I am always amazed at the sheer courage it takes people using wheelchairs to navigate the streets of Eastwood. In the summer, they have to work their way up and over or around broken or heaved sidewalks, sidewalks made narrow by encroaching grass and dirt, and cars parked over the sidewalks. And in the winter, just one house on a block with its sidewalk made impassible by snow means anyone trying to get from point A to point B must then walk in the street. Continue reading Demand safer streets!
Some time ago I started posting about our efforts to get the plastic out of our lives. One of the reasons was to avoid BPA, bisphenol-A, which is toxic and is found in water bottles, baby bottles, toys, even the lining of tin cans. All of the drinks in our household now are held only in glass: Continue reading BPA: now this is scary!
This little slide show explains the whys and hows of “complete streets” – streets that are designed for all users, not just drivers. It’s best seen in full-screen mode. To get that, just click on the “full” icon in the taskbar at the bottom of this little screen. When you’re done watching it, hit the “Esc” . . . → Read More: Why complete streets?
When you stack Syracuse up against other cities, you actually end up with a lot of reasons to be cheerful about living here. Yeah, we get into our scraps about what’s the best way to improve it. But at least people really care! Listening to people who have lived elsewhere is often enlightening:
Continue reading Reasons to be cheerful
No-one creates a blog like this one if they don’t love the city in which they live. But not all the news is good. Syracuse is being used, fairly, as an example of environmental racism. Did you know that we were featured in Ms. Magazine last spring? Take a look. From that article:
The civic leaders of Syracuse, like those in other places, put sewage and water-treatment plants, along with numerous other environmental hazards, within or very close to the city’s poor communities. Not surprisingly, the health problems experienced by residents of those communities as a result of the pollutants are tremendous. To take just one measure, the asthma rate of the predominately African American community situated on the edge of Syracuse’s industrialized area and the interstate is 13 times higher than in the rest of Onondaga County. Women and children in particular bear the brunt of the health problems.
I don’t know about you, but I find this appalling. Continue reading Syracuse: nationally known for environmental racism
My daughter-in-law and her father have dreamed for many years of hiking down into the Grand Canyon. This year, they’re going to do it! But she’s got to be in shape, so she’s using Sunnycrest Park as part of her training. Take a look at this Gmaps pedometer map she made. You can use it to figure out how many calories you would burn doing this fascinating power walk. Continue reading A great Sunnycrest Park workout
One of the reasons we moved from the ‘burbs to the city was so that we wouldn’t have to drive so far to get to the kinds of stores we like to shop in: small, ethnic grocery stores that have fascinating ingredients, as well as the Regional Market with its locally-grown and produced foodstuffs. It’s not just that the vegetables are fresher and the eggs taste better, it’s that we can buy more of our food in bulk in these places and thus control the way they’re packaged. We’re trying to avoid plastic. Here’s why: Continue reading Buy locally, store food in glass containers
At Cafe Kubal, in the Eastwood Plaza on James St., we are frequently tempted by these heavenly goodies:
But for the more health-conscious, Matt and Rachel are now offering this:
Watching your carb consumption? Just want something savory? Check this one out – we did, and it’s the best hummus we’ve ever had!
But… what do we come . . . → Read More: Sweet and savory at the cafe
I’ve been reading a fascinating book, Upstate Travels: British Views of Nineteenth-Century New York, in which is found the following excerpt, written by James Stuart about his visit to Saratoga Springs in the fall of 1828:
There are few more striking points of difference between this country and Britain, than in the numbers of the people who . . . → Read More: Walking: an un-American activity
Did you see this and laugh as hard as I did? I’m sure the Palace didn’t mean to imply that holistic health is a hoax!
It’s wonderful to see the variety of events Mike Heagerty is bringing to Eastwood, including movies like The Hoax and a great Holistic . . . → Read More: Holistic Health Hoax?
In the Wall Street Journal of August 16, there’s an interesting article entitled Money and Happiness: Here’s Why You Won’t Laugh All the Way to the Bank
This is such an excellent article, all I’ll do is quote from it. You’ll get my point.
“…The five professors also studied government data detailing how folks divvy up their . . . → Read More: Live in the city – you’ll be happier