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July’s Annual Photo Walk Adventure

The Eighth annual South Side Photo Walk will be held the fourth Saturday in July. The event will open with a photo lesson by professional photographers Kate Collins, who is a photo and video manager at, and Marilu Lopez Fretts, who is a freelance and multimedia photographer. After the walk, all participants will share the photos they took, and the ... Read More »

Reflections on Creating Public Art

How can art ease Syracuse’s concentrated poverty? Two community outreach coordinators with the Greater Syracuse Land Bank for the past year, Liam Kirst and Logan Reidsma, have been busy coordinating multiple opportunities for students and adults to paint artwork on the the plywood boards used by the nonprofit to secure vacant houses throughout the city.  Their efforts have resulted in ... Read More »

Paint The City

One goal of the Paint the City event held Saturday, June 3, in Syracuse’s South Side is for neighborhood youth to no longer have to walk by drab, boarded-up vacant homes daily on their way to school. Instead, the Greater Syracuse Land Bank will use the 62 completed boards created that day to secure the tax-delinquent properties throughout Syracuse that ... Read More »

Rhythm of the Future

Accomplished artist shares her passions through performance and as community mentor Meet Katishma Grey, a local actress, singer and choreographer who is  a teaching fellow and performer at The Redhouse Arts Center. She embodies creativity, knowledge and humility with all of her talents. Q: What is your role at The Redhouse Arts Center? A: My role with The Redhouse Arts ... Read More »

Empowering Girls

City Court judge Vanessa E. Bogan addressed a room of girls during an Empowering Girls at the Roundtable event on a spring Saturday in the newly renovated Community Café, 1555 S. Salina St. Read More »

Housing Authority Shares Plans for I-81 Demo

Bill Simmons, executive director of Syracuse Housing Authority, served as the special guest during a joint meeting of the Syracuse United Neighbors Southside Coalition and Southwest Action Council on Tuesday, May 9. He spoke about SHA’s own comprehensive plan in preparation for future work on the elevated portion of I-81. While the New York State Department of Transportation works to ... Read More »


Superintendent aims to keep students in school, raise graduation rates In the past three years, the Syracuse City School District has added three new schools, a districtwide discipline overhaul and, most recently, a graduation rate that has exceeded 60 percent — a rate not seen in almost nine years. While some would see these as areas of success, superintendent Jaime ... Read More »

Iconic Shops Move

Brighton Bakery, Brighton Discount Liquor officially open in new location For the past 90 years, Brighton Bakery has been a Syracuse staple, with its baked goods and proximity to local businesses. After nearly a century of the bakery operating out of the same location — 335 E. Brighton Ave. — the shop recently moved about a mile up the street ... Read More »