Degree Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 4-1-2007

Capstone Advisor

J. Scott Strickland

Honors Reader

William Stinchcombe

Capstone Major


Capstone College

Arts and Science

Audio/Visual Component


Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


Honors Categories

Social Sciences

Subject Categories

Cultural History | History | History of Science, Technology, and Medicine | Other History | Social History


Urban renewal programs of the 1950s through 1970s coupled with the connection of older cities to the federal Interstate Highway system during the same time dramatically changed the look of those cities. Syracuse, New York is a perfect example city from which we can examine the impact – good and bad – of these developments and the effects they had.

Syracuse’s projects centered in and near the 15th Ward, a predominantly lower-income neighborhood situated north of the Syracuse University campus and east of Downtown Syracuse. This neighborhood of nearly 3,500 people would fall nearly completely between the different renewal programs and the construction of Interstate 81, the Empire Stateway.

From the late 1950s to the early years of Lee Alexander’s tenure as mayor of Syracuse in the 1970s, this is an examination of the failures at renewal and at stemming the exodus of city residents to the suburbs as Syracuse declined by over 25,000 people during that period.

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