Is Syracuse Even A Real City?

Is Syracuse Even A Real City?

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Kwame Najo Tetteh

Astoria, NY

#1 Aug 17, 2013
I don't think it is. Now Syracuse does have a very nice, dense, urban downtown, I will give you that, but outside of your downtown area, you have NOTHING. There are absolutely NO distinct urban neighborhoods in Syracuse besides Little Italy. NONE. The neighborhoods within the City of Syracuse look like trash. They're run down, almost rural looking and they're deadzones. City streets in Syracuse outside of downtown look like something from a small town in West Virginia or Central Pennsylvania. Honestly without the university, Syracuse wouldn't be ish. It's a really crappy city.

I mean I drove down both sides of Salina, Genesee, Wolf, Onadaga, Erie, Court and a few other main roads in the Syracuse neighborhoods that I forgot the name of. Trash. It didn't feel like any type of city I've ever been to. There was little to no commercial urban retail, urban housing or anything that told me I was in a city. The streets were horribly unfriendly to pedestrians. Syracuse doesn't even have a proper skyline! It feels no different than any other small I-81 town I've driven through such as Scranton, Binghampton, Hagerstown or Winchester. In other words, like small, crappy, mountain towns.

The City of Syracuse is nothing more than a college town. At least Rochester has very vibrant, beautiful urban neighborhoods like Park Ave, Monroe, East Ave, University, South Ave, Lake Ave, Culver and Clinton. Even Buffalo has Elmwood, Allentown, Ferry St, Main st, Hertel and Black Rock.

Syracuse doesn't deserve to be called a city.

Since: Sep 13

Cortland, NY

#2 Sep 7, 2013
I agree I say this all the time. Rochester is beautiful I lived in fairport for 8 years

United States

#3 Sep 9, 2013
It used to be a beautiful and one of the safest city s in the US talking 70 s - the 1980 s

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