Author Archives: Ashley Kang

Review: ‘Baldwin vs. Buckley: The Faith of Our Fathers’

By Ellen Mintzer An intellectual showdown. A battle of two singular minds. The 1965 debate between conservative heavyweight William F. Buckley and progressive civil rights leader James Baldwin stirred the passions of its audience and remains shockingly relevant to this day. This war of words held at the height of the civil rights movement was hosted by England’s Cambridge Union ... Read More »

Industry in Decline

Challenging pandemic year upends local dry cleaner’s business By Eddie Velazquez In the dry cleaning business and in life, Jerald “Jerry” Sakran has learned a lot.“If you treat people right, they’ll treat you right,” said Sakran, who owned and operated Valley Cleaners on Midland Avenue up until late June, when he officially retired.The economic repercussions brought on by the COVID-19 ... Read More »

I-81 Neighborhood Meeting Comes to South Side

Public comment period on project has been extended by 30 days By Eddie Velazquez City residents are united in framing the $1.9 billion Interstate-81 replacement project as an opportunity to justly address inequities brought on by the initial construction of the highway’s viaduct in the 1960s.  The replacement project, planned and directed by the state and local departments of transportation ... Read More »

What Parents Should Expect as School Starts

By Natalia Perez-Gonzalez  Syracuse schools returned to five-day, in-person learning this week, starting a third school year impacted by COVID-19. Recently, the Syracuse City School District released a Family COVID Safety Guide detailing protocol, requirements and resources available to parents navigating the upcoming school year. The guide specified that all individuals wear masks indoors — with the exception of children ... Read More »

Fall 2021 Edition

The Fall 2021 edition features 10 pages of photos from community photographers taken either during one of five of our Summer Photo Walks or images entered into our Summer Photo Contest. The cover features photography by Lisa Salisbury Hackley taken on July 24 of Southwest Photo Walk participant Nancy Stewart as she dances with a passerby playing music from his ... Read More »

Ecodessa Celebrates One-Year Anniversary in Runway Fashion

By Darian Stevenson A curated women’s clothing and accessories shop celebrated its one-year anniversary last month at Commonspace. Ecodessa, created to bring sustainable fashion brands from around the world to downtown Syracuse, holds a monthly Sip and Shop event as an opportunity for shoppers to have a cocktail and see its latest collections. For its anniversary, Ecodessa added a twist: ... Read More »