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[…]

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[…]

Near Westside Initiative: Father’s Day violence at odds with neighborhood’s rise

An open letter to the Greater Syracuse Community: The violence that took place at 11 p.m. Father’s Day on Otisco and Tioga streets in the Near Westside is a tragedy for those directly impacted, those who witnessed it, the city of Syracuse and particularly for the residents who have been working to make their neighborhood[…]

New faces join the NWSI Board of Directors

The Near Westside Initiative’s board of directors had to say goodbye to several talented and passionate board members this year. Bea Gonzalez, Leah Tucker, Kevin McAuliffe and Mary Alice Smothers all ended their terms with the NWSI after several years of hard work that helped get the NWSI off the ground. Fortunately, thanks to the[…]