Author Archives: Ashley Kang

Land Bank Dispute

Common Council criticizes agency’s power to buy abandoned homes The Greater Syracuse Land Bank, the public agency designed to take over abandoned residential properties and turn them over to a nonprofit renovator, will acquire 600 homes this year and next. But now, four years after the agency began its work, some members of the city’s Common Council are criticizing the ... Read More »

‘Community Asset’

South Presbyterian Church could be getting closer to gaining new use One of Syracuse’s historic church buildings, once a bulwark in its South Side neighborhood, may be a step closer to being sold, renovated and put to a new use, city officials say. The Greater Syracuse Land Bank announced at its monthly meeting in February that it would contract with ... Read More »

A Campus Welcome

Syracuse city media students explore options for careers in daylong visit to Newhouse Twelve high school juniors in the Media Track at Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central spent a day at the Newhouse School last month to see whether they are Newhouse ready” and to get energized about a future in journalism. Professor Steve Davis, chair of the Department ... Read More »

Wage Challenge

Challenge participants share experiences in their their pledge to live on $97 for a week In an effort to raise awareness about the plight of the working class, Central New York’s Fight for $15 Coalition organized a “minimum wage challenge.” For March 7 through 11, about two dozen people pledged to live on the minimum wage for their daily expenses, ... Read More »

Q&A with Lawrence Diamond-Walls

Nominated by Aldrine Ashong-Katai, coordinator for the Healthy Neighbors Partnership with Upstate Q: What did it feel like when you first became a father? A: I didn’t see my first child born. I was 17,000 miles away in another country serving in the Marines. I found out in the middle of an exercise that my daughter was born, and I ... Read More »

A Friendly Five

The Bells of Harmony founder is proof that gospel thrives in a changing music world Over the past 50 years, music has gone through a number of innovations in the way it is written, recorded, distributed and heard. It has held up through a time when musicians would all gather together to record in a single room to a time ... Read More »

Rotary Chat

Discussion centers on how Syracuse expanded care for child abuse Read More »

Current Issue

In our upcoming April print issue, Kayli Thompson reports on our cover story on the CUSE DIVAS, a competitive dance squad. Staff reporter Ashley McBride followed along as Fight for $15 supporters pledged to live on minimum wage for a week. Ryan Raigrodski reports on how a historic church may soon become listed on the National Register of Historic Places, ... Read More »

Pushing Forward

Majorette squad CUSE DIVAS leads dancers to exceed Outside the studio — where black curtains are drawn over the windows and the sounds of music and talking are muffled — one might not guess there are members of a hard-working majorette dance team inside, pushing themselves. Girls ages 5 to 18 are doing crunches and push-ups, warming up for their ... Read More »

Mentors Matter

Real Fathers/Real Men shape a brighter future for urban youth Read More »