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 operated out of the Office of Community Engagement and Economic Development at Syracuse University that leverages the resources of SU, 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

NWSI's work can be broadly categorized into six key focus areas. Check out these videos and scroll over each section to learn more:
NWSI partners with the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion
Spotlight on: Community Health
US Green Building Council recognizes NWSI
Designing a Healthy Main Street
Movement on Main
The Near Westside Initiative
Explore Syracuse:
Steve Powers' art installation in the Near Westside
A Love Letter to Syracuse


Neighborhood Engagement

Celebrating diversity and neighborhood pride.


Commercial Development

Fueling local commerce, 100% sustainably.


Residential Development

Transforming abandoned spaces into new places to call home.


Engaged Scholarship

Applying real-world skills to community-based solutions.


Creative Placemaking

Increasing vibrancy, driving community change.


Community Health

Making healthy choices accessible and affordable.

News and Events

Read about what's been happening around the Near Westside

Our Core Partners