~ Our Challenges ~

"We have been thoughtless, carefree opportunists, outgrowing our cities [and] the houses of our fathers.  Either we tear down and rebuild or we move away from the old centers.  This is not 'progress' but an enormous destruction of property values."

1922 - Jesse Clyde Nichols, founder of the Urban Land Institute.

Syracuse Abandoned

  • From 1950 to 2000, the City of Syracuse lost 50,000 residents -- one out of every three households.

Urban Renewal

  • How we destroyed the city to save it.


  • When home ownership isn't for everyone


  • Spreading ourselves too thin.

Endangered Buildings

  • Endangered buildings and sites in Onondaga County.

"Architecture Worth Saving

  • In the early 1960's, with historic buildings disappearing all over town, five Syracuse University architecture professors surveyed Onondaga county to see which buildings were most deserving of preservation.

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