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
Sent to the Walkable Eastwood email group and reposted here with the permission of the author:
For the last few days I’ve been staring at this sign on the Steak and Sundae, trying to understand what’s really being said. Mr. Kimatian is a Republican and a former broadcast executive at Chanel 3 TV. At the primary mayoral debate, in part sponsored by Walkable Eastwood, Mr. Kimatian made it clear he would run the City as a business. I think that is an important point and I definitively agree. Over the 30 plus years I’ve called Syracuse my home the City of Syracuse has been operated as a disconnected series of fiefdoms with one part of the City not caring about the others. The political system has always promoted one part of the City at the expense of the others. Continue reading The city isn’t just a business
Dave and I just got back from a visit to Buffalo, another much-maligned city in upstate New York that has, nevertheless, managed to move forward in its thinking about sustainable urban development. While the addition of one more national chain in Eastwood has caused much furor, Buffalo’s Elmwood Village is just a step or three ahead . . . → Read More: Other cities series: Buffalo’s Elmwood Village
FOR PUBLICATION FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2009
CITY OF SYRACUSE
CITY PLANNING COMMISSION
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that a public hearing will be held Monday, April 27, 2009, at 6:00 p.m. in the Common Council Chambers, City Hall, Syracuse, New York to consider in full or in part the following applications:
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7) Application No. AS-08-33, for a Sign Waiver of area, type, and number, on property situated at 2327 James Street, owned by Five Point Development Grant, zoned Local Business, Class A, pursuant to Part C, Section X, of the City of Syracuse Zoning Rules and Regulations, as amended.
(See notification of complete meeting HERE.)
Continue reading Planning Commission meeting re: sign waiver
I’m sure there has been mention of this in the press, and perhaps some members of the reading public have been to meetings about it, but I completely missed this one:
Syracuse Brownfield Opportunity Area
Steve Skinner, owner of the Eastwood Plaza, brought it to my attention. The big question is: opportunity for whom? And:
What impact will it . . . → Read More: Syracuse Brownfield Opportunity Area
Take a drive down West Onondaga Street and notice the amazing architecture. One mansion after another, some in great shape, but far too many broken up into apartments, turned into slums. At one time, these were the McMansions of their time. The same holds true for much of James St. Think this couldn’t happen out . . . → Read More: The next slum is not in the city
Your webmaster has opened an email group for landlords, real estate investors, and property owners in the Central New York region. You can find it at REI online GROUPS, and it’s spam- and advertising-free. Discussion questions have ranged from “Who’s a good plumber?” to “Why did that landlord go to jail?” and much, much . . . → Read More: Landlord and property owner email group opens
What yesterday may have been a harebrained scheme is increasingly understood as a huge money saver. Oh, and it also builds community and real estate value. At the Highways to Boulevards web page of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), you can see photos, read more about this option, and see what Buffalo . . . → Read More: It’s time to talk about Route 81 again