On October 16th the second meeting of the Freedom Garden was held at the Assisi Center. Northside community members gathered to discuss what type of programming they would be interested in having for the garden. Some ideas were movie showings, performances, a farmers market and a bird sanctuary. The Freedom Garden is located at the intersection of Lodi, Townsend and Pond in the Northside.
Formerly the space was occupied by dilapidated buildings which were high in criminal activity until 2005 when they were demolished by home headquarters.
The development of the garden has been in the works for more than a year.The goal is to cement all of the plans by the end of the winter so that construction can begin promptly in the spring.
The next meeting, which will focus on fundraising methods, will be held 5:30, November 5th at the Assisi Center. For additional information contact Maarten Jacobs,
Festival Wraps with Parade
Monday, October 06, 2008
By Dan Thalkar
It's all about the candy. Sure, the firetrucks were shiny, the bands were on point and the Revolutionary War-era muskets were loud, but many children came to the Columbus Day Parade on North Salina Street for another reason - to get some sweets.
As recently as a month ago, the small plot of land behind Christian Life Assembly, the church on the corner of North Townsend and Catawba Streets, was strewn with trash and debris. It was an unfortunate metaphor for the decay of Syracuse’s North Side.
Despite the city’s designation of North Salina Street as the reincarnated Little Italy, the attempt at ethnic regeneration falls off abruptly as soon as you leave the glow of the upgraded streetlights. The theme of the street rapidly dissolves into the ethnic, racial and socio-economic diversity that sometimes challenges the city.