Tag Archives: I-81

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 »

A Closer Look Behind I-81’s Inequity

By Michael Garcia The Urban Jobs Task Force met with Le Moyne College to present on I-81’s future for the city and how the community can be involved. Deka Dancil, president of the UJTF, shared concerns over the group’s relationship with some members of the “Big Table,” assembled last August by Mayor Ben Walsh. Dancil says how all of the ... Read More »

A Share of the Jobs

Hope remains as Urban Jobs Task Force pushes for local hiring for I-81 By Michael Garcia Read More »

Study on Air Pollution in Syracuse and the I-81 Project Presented

By Marnie Muñoz Onondaga Earth Corps (OEC) members presented findings from a recent student-led study on air pollution in Syracuse during a virtual GreeningUSA Green Bag Lunch session in March.  Throughout the meeting, AmeriCorp intern Terrance Valdes shared details from the group’s ongoing research on air pollution and its relationship to the Interstate 81 viaduct, identifying air quality as a ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

Imagine life in the near future, five years from now or even 10. Where will you be? Where will our community be? The question is: will this community be in a better position when the Interstate 81 viaduct is removed than we are today?The upcoming $2 billion tear down of the viaduct offers an enticing promise of opportunity: well-paying construction ... Read More »

Artist Collective Brightens Below I-81 Viaduct

The intersection between East Adams and East Fayette streets has gotten much more colorful. Four columns beneath the I-81 viaduct are painted with murals as local artists’ collective 315 Alive’s city beautification initiative. 315 Alive is a collective of Syracuse-area public artists, street artists and others in the arts who want to beautify the city, making it a more beautiful, ... Read More »

Running on Fumes

Drive-thru Dunkin’ would have to relocate when I-81 viaduct comes down There’s a glimmer of hope for the popular Dunkin’ double drive-thru at Almond and Water streets. But here’s the catch. Once the I-81 overpass comes down, assuming it does, the store might stand somewhere else. “They told us they can just pick it up and move it someplace else,” ... Read More »

Poem

Salt City Salt City Syracuse, You dwell in Mid State,You are used for testing new products,Rebuild, rebuild where you are,15th Ward East, South Side of town,81 came it decimated you,No Home you no more,81, Upstate Med is now,What is the emotion of families you dislodged,Highway robbery some may say,Hundreds of families—many of color,Forced to relocate, nowhere to go. Now it ... Read More »

Call for Letters

Most stories about Interstate 81 in publications other than The Stand do not include the voices of South Side residents. That’s one of the things we learned from our reader survey. Less than 20 percent of those surveyed remember seeing a South Sider in the last article they read about I-81. This lack of coverage on how South Side residents ... Read More »