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Monthly Archives: September 2012

Photo Friday: The Northside Networking Event

Written by Sarah Pallo  • September 28, 2012

Last evening, the banquet room at Francesca’s Cucina was the place to be for Northside business and property owners, representatives of non-profits and organizations, as well as city officials. Hosted by the Northside Business Partnership, the Northside Networking event brought members of the business community together to enjoy good conversation, networking opportunities, drinks, and a delicious display of appetizers.

The networking event fully displayed the depth and character of the Northside business community, creating opportunities for new collaborations and encouraging increased involvement in the many happenings in our neighborhood. With fun questions posted around the room to help facilitate new ideas, the event provided just the right atmosphere for shared input and was a great way for the Partnership to learn more about the wants and needs of businesses on the Northside.

The Northside Networking event is just one of the Partnership’s many activities that help promote, engage, and support the Northside business community. On November 15, 2012, the Greater North Salina Business Association will be holding its annual meeting where Ben Walsh, Deputy Director of Business and Neighborhood Development will be in attendance and new board members will be elected. If you are interested in learning more or would like to get involved, please call (315) 299-8228 x 17 or email business@northsideup.org.


A Report from Syracuse’s North Side, by Kayleigh Burgess

Written by admin  • September 27, 2012

This month, our good friend and former employee Kayleigh Burgess writes in place of Dominic Robinson in the Post Standard:

“The lot at 1812 Lodi St. had been all but forgotten, long and narrow, sandwiched between two tall, fading houses. I walked by this lot every day on my route between home and my work at Northside Urban Partnership, never pausing to give it a second glance.

Vacant it would likely have stayed, if not for a collaboration transforming it into a thriving community space.

Today, 1812 Lodi St. is the site of the Karibu Community Garden, a gathering space for gardeners, mostly from the east African countries of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and Rwanda. The garden has 14 raised garden beds, compost and water-catchment systems and two community art projects.”

Read the full piece, How a bank’s community spirit and refugees’ desire to farm transformed a vacant lot, at syracuse.com.

The Friends of Dorothy Dinner

Written by admin  • September 25, 2012

A few months back we wrote about a passionate community activist, his organization, and the fantastic community dinners he puts on each month. Tomorrow night Mike DeSalvo is hosting another one of those dinners! The event, held at the St. Vincent DePaul Parish Center, begins at 5 p.m. and helps collect funds for the Friends of Dorothy House. The cost is on a sliding scale and the menu offers a lot of vegetarian options: two salads, two soups, roasted vegetables, penne pasta with marinara, a side of stretch bread and dessert.



“Mike DeSalvo is a neighborhood man. He grew up on the Northside and now lives and works there. His home and salon are both beautiful, tastefully decorated and radiating a sense of peace and calm that welcomes everyone. Although such surface beauty is important, his acts of selflessness complete the picture. While working with the Jail Ministry in his earlier years, Mike created a strong support network for HIV positive prisoners. This type of built-in support system eventually became a part of his everyday life with the creation of the Friends of Dorothy Catholic Worker House.”

You can read the full article we wrote about Mike DeSalvo in June at http://northsideup.org/blog/a-revolution-of-the-heart/.

Seeking your ideas!

Written by admin  • September 24, 2012

Salt City DISHES has released another request for proposals! This dinner’s theme is water.

Do you have an innovative, community driven idea to share? Interested in spreading the word and winning $1,000 to help fund the project? Email saltcitydishes@gmail.com. See their website for more information.


A Letter to the Editor

Written by admin  • September 21, 2012

The Executive director of Home HeadQuarters, Kerry P. Quaglia, wrote a terrific letter to the editor today:

” While in some parts of the country a myopic focus on rental housing may make sense due to overbuilding, that is certainly not the case in our city. Syracuse’s overall homeownership rate is only 39 percent, compared with 62 percent nationally, and in some neighborhoods owner-occupancy is as low as 15 percent. Home HeadQuarters supports Low-Income Housing Tax Credit rental projects, and we will continue to work with our housing partners to make those efforts successful, but our community also needs incentives that promote a healthy balance between rental and owner-occupied housing. With the current lack of federal and state government support for homeownership, it is time to step-up our local efforts and to look for locally-generated revenue to maintain these efforts. ”

We’re with you, Home HeadQuarters! Read the full piece on syracuse.com.


Photo Friday: Transforming Union Park

Written by Stasya Erickson  • 

Yesterday, Union Park was invaded with shovels, cement trucks, wheel-barrels and hard working volunteers. On site, playground equipment was sorted, fit together, and placed into the ground. Much of the work has been completed, but efforts are planned to continue through mid-afternoon today.

We can’t wait to see the final product!



Thanks to the many people and businesses that donated their time, funds, and supplies towards this effort. And special thanks to Maureen Dore (pictured above) for working so hard to make it all happen!

More photos from the build can be found on our facebook page.


Developing Justice

Written by Stephen Aguayo  • September 18, 2012

At the present moment, it seems as if our city is the site of an extreme make-over. From new hotels to the adaptive re-use of old hotels to the facility upgrades of our universities, hospitals, shopping centers, and business corridors, anywhere you go there is a good chance of encountering construction projects. Cities all across the country, especially along the rust belt, are reinvesting in their urban cores in an attempt to create a post-industrial identity. And Syracuse is no different, as this once industrial city is becoming a champion for environmental principles and the spirit of collaboration. A renewed focus on urban revitalization can help businesses flourish by attracting new middle-class residents and consumers with expendable income, but an influx of new money may alter a neighborhood’s identity. So, what affect does the rising cost of living have on long-term residents in these neighborhoods?

In Atlanta, Georgia, the FCS Ministry (Focused Community Strategies) has been working in the city’s core for thirty years. When founder Bob Lupton decided to move his family into the city, he quickly became aware of how urban revitalization has the potential to push out current residents. To that end, FCS Ministry was created. This organization focuses on identifying strategic neighborhood residents who can work collectively to foster neighborhood pride and leadership among both long-standing neighbors and newcomers, alike. In addition, FCS is the central link to a web of activity including, but not limited to: an economic development group that operates a market placebike shopcafe and refugee crafting group; a nationally recognized youth development programaffordable community housing developersentrepreneurial assistancea program to care for older residents; and service opportunities contributing to the overall revitalization efforts. FCS Ministries strives to create a mixed-income community “with both social and spiritual vitality as well as economic viability.” As our city moves forward, we must keep in mind FCS Ministry’s mission and build our community upon a sense of social justice and a respect for our neighbors.


Photo Credit: http://fcsministries.org/


Help Transform This Park!

Written by admin  • September 17, 2012

Help us transform Union Park into a safe and beautiful place for kids to play.

The playground build is taking place this Thursday and Friday, from 7 AM to 7 PM. Food will be provided. All skill levels welcome. To sign up, please contact Maria Malagisi (315-498-7207 or playgroundbuild@gmail.com).


Photo Friday: Lodi Laundry Opening

Written by Stasya Erickson  • September 14, 2012

Yesterday afternoon, the Lodi Laundromat filled with visitors. Some were there to do laundry, while others were there to look at photographs taken by Sarah Averill.

The show will stay up through September 22nd. We invite you to stop by and visit, laundry included!


Youths BUILDing Businesses

Written by Stephen Aguayo  • September 13, 2012

Our city has a wealth of education advocates and organizations that offer programs for youth. We’re one of the first places in the country to implement a city-wide “Say Yes” program, which helps to eliminate the financial barriers that make college an unattainable dream. But even with easier access to education beyond high school, what makes students want to continue their education?  With all of the efforts within our city, it must be noted that every year 1.3 million young people drop out of high school. This is particularly relevant here, as the average four year graduation rate for all New York public schools is 74%, while the Syracuse’s City School District’s has a 52% graduation rate. This educational void hurts communities, making it difficult for individuals to find meaningful employment and creates the need for adult education and workforce training programs.

An organization founded in California is using a familiar driving force to motivate low-income youth to continue their education with the allure of entrepreneurship. BUILD now has satellites in D.C., the Bay Area, and Boston, taking at-risk and vulnerable students into their entrepreneurial training program. This program enrolls students into a credited course that prepares them for the rigors of entrepreneurship. Students, who were once contemplating dropping out of school or had little interest in academics, can now appreciate how learning is a vital component to personal growth. BUILD’s curriculum is designed to guide students through a multi-year program, which culminates during the student’s senior year.  Most BUILD graduates go on to college to realize their ambitions. Just as the appeal of entrepreneurship can inspire students, these aspiring entrepreneurs will the skills and potential to give back and affect their own communities.