City of Syracuse, New York
In collaboration with staff from the Department of Neighborhood and Business Development and a group of dedicated neighborhood advocates, EDR drafted the Skunk City Neighborhood Master Plan for the City of Syracuse in 2012. Located on the city’s west side between Strathmore, Tipp Hill, and the Near Westside, Skunk City is a neighborhood where relatively modest public investments could have an outsized impact on residents’ quality of life. Our work within the neighborhood sought to increase neighborhood safety, stabilize property values, encourage new investment, reutilize abandoned properties, and improve pedestrian connectivity within and around the neighborhood. The principal intent of the Skunk City Neighborhood Master Plan is to make strategic and incremental improvements where such actions could have a positive influence on the environmental, economic, and social fabric of the community.