Take Back the Streets creates resident leadership group

Take Back the Streets (TBTS) is a local, grassroots campaign aimed at promoting health and safety in the Near Westside neighborhood through collaboration among service providers and residents.  In 2015 the campaign met its ambitious first-year goal of hosting 50 community events, including the mapping of broken streetlights, family movie nights, and 8 Kitchen Table[…]

Coming Soon! Performance Park + Case Theater

Performance Park The Near Westside Initiative is excited to announce the development of Performance Park, an integral component to the ongoing revitalization of the Near Westside neighborhood located. The project will include outdoor performance space, public exercise equipment, parking that will enable the attraction of additional jobs and residents to the Case Building, and an[…]

As others left, they came to one of Syracuse’s poorest neighborhoods to build a future

By Marnie Eisenstadt | meisenstadt@syracuse.com The house at 721 Otisco St. was a shell. It had been set on fire four times. And still, someone had scrawled “Burn Me” in black on a board covering one of the broken windows. The message: Try harder. Every window was broken. The Victorian details were covered by decades[…]

For Near West Side kids, Syracuse’s Skiddy Park is for softball, love

By Samantha House | shouse@syracuse.com SYRACUSE, N.Y. – To Yanira Johnson, Syracuse’s Near West Side has always been one big, extended family. She said it is a family that lovingly gets involved in each other’s business – a family that wants to give its youngest members a safe place to live. That’s what Johnson, a 17[…]