Combining the power of arts, technology, and innovation
to revitalize Syracuse's Near Westside neighborhood.


Who We are

About the
SALT District
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.

Our Partners

News and Events

Read about what's been happening around the Near Westside