In recent months, a few tax delinquent Syracusans got a handwritten letter from Mayor Ben Walsh. The message was polite and simple: Please pay your taxes.

Walsh and other city staffers sent hundreds of handwritten notes to people with tax liens on their homes. They urged owners to pay up and explained what immediate action was needed to keep t...

June 29, 2018

Kerry Quaglia stepped carefully over the freshly installed plumbing pipes snaking along the floor. Sunlight blazed into the second floor as he opened the door to the fire escape, beckoning me onto the platform. We paused for a moment to take in the view: Lipe Park’s new art installations straight ahead, downtown Syracuse hazy in the backgroun...

June 11, 2018

Home visiting programs have a rich history in the United States. As early as the nineteenth century, nurses and social workers went door-to-door to care for expectant mothers and young families. The underlying idea was that home-based education and service delivery would improve health outcomes, particularly in low-income and working class ur...

May 22, 2018

It’s spring break week for many Syracuse schools, and RedHouse’s student arts programs are in full swing. Young musicians are jamming under the tutelage of visiting guest instructors, teenage thespians are practicing their staging, and elementary-school artists are singing and munching on snacks in the performance room. Yet, sitting in the lo...

May 4, 2018

Kira Crawford and her collaborators are in the business of challenging assumptions.

Many Central New Yorkers believe that regional manufacturing is a thing of the past. Well-paying factory floor jobs have disappeared in today’s global economy, leaving behind only abandoned streets and rusting infrastructure.

In reality, about 38,000 Central New...

April 7, 2018

“Try out this curry sauce.” Venus Likulumbi slides her spoon across the table, and I sample one of her favorite accompaniments, inspired by her time as a student line cook.

It’s a heady explosion of coconut milk and spices, and Venus smiles as I close my eyes and fall back against my seat at With Love, Savannah. She flags down the waiter: “Ho...

February 16, 2018

Dr. Cynthia “Cindy” Bright has served Syracuse’s children for over 27 years. Her pediatric practice takes her all over the city, from Crouse and Upstate Hospitals to a private office in Liverpool. Yet upon joining the Early Childhood Alliance (ECA) in 2016, Bright realized that she had an incomplete picture of children’s services in the city....

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