Who We are
and the Near Westside
The Near Westside Initiative (NWSI) is committed to combining the power of art, technology and innovation with neighborhood values and culture to revitalize the SALT District of Syracuse's Near Westside. NWSI is a not-for-profit organization that leverages the resources of Syracuse University, the state, the city, private foundations, businesses, not-for-profit corporations, and neighborhood residents to achieve its goals.
Branding itself as a distinct "neighborhood within a neighborhood" the SALT District of Syracuse's the Near Westside neighborhood has adopted a colorful logo and brand identity of "Syracuse. Arts. Life. Technology." The acronynm SALT is a reference to the salt production industry that helped put Syracuse in the map and led to the nickname "the Salt City." Within this neighborhood, the premise that art and culture can unite to create a revitalized community is being tested and is proving to be true. Scroll down to read more about how NWSI is investing in the community.
What We do
The Near Westside Initiative is committed to transforming the SALT District of Syracuse's Near Westside community through investments in six key focus areas.
Reinvigorating a community's social fabric.
Celebrating our diversity.
Showcasing neighborhood pride.
Developing real-world skills.
Solving real-time problems.
Building for tomorrow, together.
Creating new residential housing.
Fueling local commerce.
100% LEED certified.
Transforming abandoned spaces.
Building new places to call home.
Driving community change.
Making healthy food affordable and accessible.
Promoting primary care and education.
Helping each other (re)create.
News and Events
Read about what's been happening around the Near Westside
Our sixth annual Multicultural Block Party was a blast! Check out these photos from the event featuring some of our awesome neighbors. Thanks to everyone that came out and helped make this year’s Block Party a success!
With summer in full swing, it is time again to mark your calendars because the Near Westside will once again be gathering at Skiddy Park for the sixth annual Multicultural Block Party! This year, it will be even bigger and better as the Near West Side Initiative (NWSI) partners with WCNY, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Metro[…]
This summer is shaping up to be a busy time at SALTQuarters. First, we are excited to announce that Moira Williams will be continuing her work in the neighborhood as artist-in-residence until January! May was a busy month for Moira as she completed her Urban Birds + People Under and in the Trees event along[…]
The Near Westside Peacemaking Center celebrated its grand opening at 601 Tully earlier this month. The space will serve as a permanent location for the Near Westside Peacemaking Project, a community conflict resolution program organized by the Center for Court Innovation in Syracuse. Peacemaking is a traditional Native American approach to justice that focuses on[…]
Do you use the pedestrian cut-through connecting Gifford and Seymour Street? Are you interested in helping design it as an established walkway in the neighborhood? Have concerns about it as a cut-through or a walkway? Join us for a conversation! Before any decision is made, the City of Syracuse would like to meet with you[…]
By Constance Foster Anthony Griffin always knew he wanted to go to college, but he did not know it would be for art. But thanks to support from Talent Agency Teen Art Portfolio Development, Griffin, a senior at Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School, has been awarded a full ride scholarship to Alfred University’s School[…]
By Constance Foster There are exciting changes in the works for West Fayette Street. The Near Westside Initiative was recently awarded a New York Main Street Grant from the New York State Office of Community Renewal. The grant will focus on the stretch of West Fayette between West and Geddes Streets, awarding funding for property[…]
With the holiday season upon us it is a good time to reflect on the year and celebrate the many accomplishments from 2014. This year, the Near Westside had a lot to celebrate. We had new houses being built and others renovated, parties and gatherings in our parks, the grand opening and re-opening of the[…]