Discover the SALT District of the Near Westside, a place where art, lifestyle, technology, and emerging culture allow you to pursue your passions.
The SALT District is a project of the Near West Side Initiative, Inc. aimed at creating a new epicenter of artistic and cultural development in the Syracuse and Central Upstate New York area.
The meaning of the name comes from the acronym of Syracuse, Art, Life, and Technology, or SALT. But there is also historical meaning, in that the neighborhood was home to a salt works in Syracuse’s early industrial history, and Syracuse has been referred to as The Salt City since those early days.
Syracuse and the SALT District are in the heart of “New York’s Creative Core,” dubbed that because of its long history of innovation and creativity. This region has been the cradle of social and artistic movements (such as the Women’s Movement and Arts & Crafts Movement) and the home to hundreds of well-known artists, writers, musicians, and innovators, including legends: Gustav Stickley, Adelaine Alsop Robineau, L. Frank Baum, Raymond Carver, Joyce Carol Oates, Camille Anna Paglia, Tony Trischka, Libba Cotton, Jimmy Van Heusen, Lou Reed, Maya Deren and Rod Serling.
Be the Next Great Artist and Innovator
With this heritage and lineage, Syracuse has the resources and cultural DNA to develop and nurture the next generation of artists and innovators. The SALT District’s cultural diversity, warehouses, homes and incentive programs provide the perfect creative space needed for doing that. In addition, forward thinkers in the area are developing urban cultural spaces like Lipe Art Park and SU’s Connective Corridor to strengthen ties throughout the city.
The SALT District consists primarily of the warehouses and commercial buildings on West Street and parts of West Fayette Street, on the edges of the Near Westside neighborhood. New warehouse spaces are being developed along West Street, as part of the Near Westside Initiative. Houses and smaller, multi-use properties in the heart of the neighborhood are also being targeted for ownership and development by artists. All of these houses and new warehouse spaces have incentive programs available to lower the cost of ownership, increase community support and allow artists to participate in the value they are creating in the neighborhood.
Privately-owned warehouses with loft spaces and studios are currently available along West Fayette Street. Here more than 60 artists are already creating, living and making their mark. Learn about some of them. The neighborhood also has additional assets and resources with The Delavan Center and Gallery, The Redhouse, Syracuse University’s Warehouse (with its School of Visual and Performing Arts and School of Architecture), Clayscapes Pottery and several other businesses who are a part of this growing art community.
Location, location, location
The SALT District is part of the Near Westside of Syracuse, within walking distance of downtown Syracuse and its vibrant and creative Armory Square District… and down the hill from Syracuse University. On its west and south sides are Syracuse’s residential neighborhoods: Tipperary Hill with its strong Irish heritage, shops and pubs; the Strathmore area with its large park, lake and artistic heritage (including Robineau Road, named after famous ceramicist Adelaine Alsop Robineau); and the Southwest neighborhood with African-American community, culture and shops.
With the SALT District, you’ve got a great neighborhood, but you also get the world within reach. Within a day’s drive, you will find some of the largest arts markets in the world: New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore-Washington, Toronto and Montréal. A bit further and you reach half the population of the United States. And we’ll help you gain access to those markets through national outreach programs, Syracuse University connections and our support services all within 300 miles.
Find out more about the SALT District artist relocation program and discover your future.