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Local Music Educator Remembers Queen of Soul

“Sometimes, what you’re looking for is already there.” Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, died Aug. 16, leaving the world moved and inspired by her work. Syracuse paid its respect for Franklin last Thursday at the Westminster Presbyterian Church. Organized by Joan Hillsman, this memorial was attended by people of all ages – some of them sang while others offered ... Read More »

A Plan for South Avenue

Residents hopeful for vision proposed in South Avenue Feasibility Report Improved housing and transportation, new restaurants and cafes, additional grocery stores and a new sense of neighborhood pride. That’s what planners, and residents, envision for the South Avenue Corridor, according to a new study released in July. The $75,000 study, paid for by the city’s industrial development agency and conducted by ... Read More »

TNT Meeting Discusses New Senior Housing, Plans for Tree Planting

Syracuse Southside Tomorrow’s Neighborhoods Today (TNT) held its monthly meeting the evening of Aug. 6 at the South Side Innovation Center. Community members from the South Side, public officials and organization representatives gathered to give feedback and to ask questions to a number of community issues. One of the main discussion points regarded the increase in tree growth in the ... Read More »

New Murals Greet South Side

Local Artist paints on inspiration Syracuse-based illustrator London Ladd is working to finalize two murals under the train trestle on the corner of South Salina and West Taylor streets in the city’s South Side. The murals depict Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King Jr. along with quotes from each, commemorating the men’s Syracuse speeches in 1861 and 1961, respectively. Already an ... Read More »

Photo Walk Set for July 28

The ninth annual South Side Photo Walk will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 28. A Photo Walk is a social photography event where photographers get together to explore a neighborhood, shoot photos and practice their skills. This year’s walk will meet at the Eat to Live Food Cooperative, 2323 S. Salina St. Event will open ... Read More »

Syracuse i-Team Seeks Feedback

Ideation Session focuses on housing stability The city of Syracuse’s Innovation Team’s second Ideation Session brought residents together Monday, July 16, at the Southwest Community Center to share personal stories on the housing challenges they face. The session focused on three different aspects of housing stability: housing quality, housing costs and housing information. “We understand that we’re not going to ... Read More »

From Code of Conduct to Creating Change

Syracuse residents and community leaders gathered Monday evening to share and listen to comments on recent changes to the Syracuse City School District’s Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct task force is currently presenting recommended revisions from the 2017-2018 document. During the meeting, commissioners listened to additional comments on revisions from individuals and represented groups. Finding restorative methods for ... Read More »

Two Cafes Planned for South Salina Street

*Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to note nearly $50,000 in funds to construct the outdoor space were provided by the Syracuse Urban Renewal Agency   It seems coffee shop businesses have boomed in recent years here in Syracuse, except in the South Side. But soon this will change because two coffee shops are in the planning stages. Syracuse ... Read More »