By Students in Reading and Research at Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School
Students create a position on urban renewal and how they say it destroyed a community
The 15th Ward was a neighborhood in Syracuse that held about 90% of the city’s black people in the 1950s and 1960s. The newspapers claimed that the 15th Ward was full of blighted houses and lots of violence. That was mostly not true.
Neighborhoods were destroyed and riots broke out because of the destruction of the 15th Ward community.
After gathering as much information as we could, we started to form our own opinions on what urban renewal can do to a city. We were presented with an assignment: to assume the voice of an individual living through this social issue. We had to create a clear position on urban renewal and reference specific facts or key points.
Below are some of our student perspectives on this local, historical issue.