Honors Capstone Project
Date of Submission
J. Scott Strickland
Arts and Science
Capstone Prize Winner
Won Capstone Funding
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.
Knight, Aaron C., "Urban Renewal, the 15th Ward, the Empire Stateway and the City of Syracuse, New York" (2007). Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects. 590.
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