A tale of two cities…in one
By Ken Jackson Posted on 11/16/13
My section of the city has no name. I mean, what the heck is the Far West Side? Anyhow, old-time Syracusans call it the “West End.”
Other neighborhoods erect classy signs that identify the community. South of West Genesee Street is Tipperary Hill, a traditionally Irish neighborhood where statues commemorate historic events and an upside-down traffic signal places green above red. Nice signage introduces us to The Valley, Salt Springs, Eastwood and Strathmore. On the Nort’ Side, we’ve invested millions in a concept called “Little Italy.”
Downtown has gone development crazy with condos, a brand spanking new hotel and new restaurants. The sound of change – the echo of hammers and jackhammers – is audible as we walk down the street. They’re installing new curbs.
Are we witnessing... Continue
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I first met Emanuel Henderson when I worked for the city of Syracuse, office of minority affairs as a staff member. Our duty was to monitor contract compliance with the city's minority and women... More Posted on 02/18/09
It was with great excitement that I emerged from my slumber before dawn to take a short trip from my home to the city's Pass Arboretum (that's where they keep fancy trees). It was Ground Hogs Day,... More Posted on 01/21/09
Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've... More Posted on 01/14/09
Syracuse Mayor Matt Driscoll and Police Chief Gary Miguel announced a multi pronged attack on the increased number of murders in Syracuse, “Operation Impact patrols which utilize troopers from... More Posted on 01/14/09
Help ! Caroline (to the tune of Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline)
How to begin
I can’t begin to knowin
National debt has grown so long
We have no spring
And winter becomes the summer
Who’d... More Posted on 01/14/09
Recent news clips from President Bush's Afghanistan and Iraq visits show our president ducking shoes being thrown at him by a reporter. In the Middle East, I guess, the greatest insult is to toss... More Posted on 12/02/08
Okay we were promised increased economic support when deals were made to enhance the mall formerly known as Carousel Center. In a slick graphic on their Web site (that has since been taken down)... More Posted on 11/25/08
We watched in horror as the Syracuse Police Department described the beating and subsequent murder of a 20-month-old child Imani Jennings. According to reports this little girl was beaten for much of... More Posted on 11/18/08
It never ceases to amaze me the extent to which political leader after political leader has stood before this community and applauded our education system. These words are usually said at forums... More Posted on 11/12/08
On election night shortly after 11:00 P.M. my phone started to ring, some of my friends we’re actually crying once the election was called for Barak Obama. “We did it man” as one 40 year old male who... More Posted on 11/04/08
Barack Obama is poised to become the 44th president of the United States. Not only this but also making history by putting together a coalition of states that defies conventional wisdom. Obama's path... More Posted on 10/28/08
I've listened to Talk Radio for years. First there was my astonishment that people would actually say "that" on the air. Now, I'm stunned that these purveyors of hate find a warm fuzzy comfortable... More Posted on 10/14/08
Joe Mareane has decided to leave Onondaga County to take a position as Administrator for Tompkins County. I remember back when Joe and I worked in the same suite of offices when I worked in the... More Posted on 10/07/08
Autumn is here and there’s evidence of summer’s end as the heat reluctantly is turned on, and that air conditioner that’s still in the window, it’s time to take it out.
It’s during these times... More Posted on 09/30/08
Where do I begin, the last few weeks have been tumultuous with the initial slide of Wall Street firms to the absolute meltdown of our financial system. Something smells nasty when you look at the... More Posted on 09/17/08
Barack Obama by not choosing Hillary Clinton as his vice presidential running mate may have implemented one of the worst political strategic moves in history. Granted there was a bruising primary... More Posted on 09/10/08
I’m continuously amazed at the subtle messages emanating from the 2008 Presidential Campaign. Republicans and Neo-Conservatives gleefully refer to Barack Obama as “A Community Organizer”,... More Posted on 08/26/08
When I heard the news about the Lottery Shrine being relocated I wanted to shout for joy. For those who follow this column I pointed out this Lottery Shrine complete with lit numbered... More Posted on 08/13/08
We are being asked to fork over funds to replace an electronic scoreboard at Alliance Bank Stadium. Before we reach into our pockets to fund such things perhaps we could "pimp out" our facilities in... More Posted on 08/13/08
The Syracuse Common Council in their infinite wisdom discussed placing a moratorium on Lamar Advertising's electronic billboard. Claims of these signs being a distraction to drivers prompted the... More Posted on 08/13/08
The city of Syracuse along with politicians crowed like proud roosters after the adoption of legislation approving the massive Syracuse City School Renovation Project. Now the cameras are gone the... More Posted on 08/13/08
As we careen towards the dog days of summer our local political leaders are about to vote in a new law that increases fines for "quality of life" type infractions. Crimes like drug possession,... More Posted on 08/13/08
The New Yorker Magazine has Mr. and Mrs. Obama on their cover depicted as terrorists, as well as not very 'patriotic' complete with an American flag burning in the fireplace and a picture of Osama... More Posted on 07/11/08
Sometimes when we give advice we fail to follow it ourselves. This wasn't coined by some philosopher it's basic common sense that entraps many who are called upon at times to help someone out of a... More Posted on 07/11/08
It came as no great surprise when it was announced that the Vivian Teal Howard Facility (VTH) would be de-funded by Medicare and Medicaid in effect shutting down the Nursing Home.
Several... More Posted on 07/11/08
It was early Friday morning when it happened. The knock at the door seemed like the entire Syracuse Police Department wanted in. The simultaneous action of banging and doorbell ringing sent the dog... More Posted on 07/11/08
Before you get out your patriotic bunting in anticipation of unmanned flying drones stationed at Hancock there are several concerns that need to be addressed by Congressman Walsh and others.
The... More Posted on 07/11/08
Growing up a couple of blocks from Thornden Park was an adventure in urban living accentuated by fond memories of walking up Harrison Street.
Towering Dutch Elm trees created a shaded canopy past... More Posted on 07/11/08
I broke my promise and actually attended a TNT meeting at Delaware School recently and it reinforced my reasoning for not attending in the first place. Our Tomorrow's Neighborhoods Today is a classic... More Posted on 07/11/08
My roof looks as though a giant sat on it and left his butt mark. Since it was in an area that I never bothered to inspect, the extended sag went undetected until a friend noticed the concave action.... More Posted on 07/11/08
Sometimes you write a column or story and you hope the information presented is not as it appears. So was the story about the Vivian Teal Howard Residential Care Facility. For those who don't know... More Posted on 05/11/08
Vanessa Williams will be in Syracuse this weekend to receive her degree from Syracuse University. And already those in the Internet bloggosphere have pounced on the fact that Ms. Williams left school... More Posted on 05/11/08
In recent months plenty has been written about the Black Church complete with snippets of Barack Obama Pastor Rev. Wright's sermons' all over the internet and television news.
It ain't pretty... More Posted on 05/11/08
Can someone please tell me why we have 90 minutes of local news? (Crickets chirping) I grew up watching local news anchored by the venerable Ron Curtis and nationally CBS' Walter Cronkite followed by... More Posted on 05/11/08
I met Jean Daugherty when as a 14 year old Pompeian Player she interviewed me as the youngest cast member of "Show Boat." It was a friendship that lasted until her recent death.
On one occasion... More Posted on 05/11/08
Perhaps it's time to revisit remnants of past City of Syracuse mayoral administrations as we deal with the issues of diversity, nooses and vocalized anger rising from the Black community.
The... More Posted on 04/06/08
Chickens have come home and are roosting on the front steps of City Hall. Perhaps those who make Housing and Community Development policy can now understand the feeling of hopelessness that permeates... More Posted on 03/11/08
(Inspired by Somewhere Over the Rainbow)
Somewhere over the drumlin
Way up high
There's a 'hood that I heard of
Once in a landlords cry
Somewhere over the drumlin
Skies... More Posted on 03/11/08
I used to work in an office where one day the manager came to me in tears, "there are crows all over the front lawn. Somebody's gonna die."
She was so shaken that she sat down and had to compose... More Posted on 03/11/08
It's basic human behavior to want vengeance when aggrieved. When vengeance becomes part of government policy it becomes problematic. In his most recent budget Governor Spitzer increased financial... More Posted on 03/11/08
As we segue from Dr. King Day to Black History Month some have simply reduced the Civil Rights Movement to several acts and then poof! Like Jiffy Pop, "We Shall Overcome" and then Oprah.
I've... More Posted on 03/11/08
First I couldn't find the polling place I'd been there before but I just can't find it in the dark. Hmmm? The effect of aging, these days I couldn't recognize a close relative on a dark rainy night.... More Posted on 02/22/08
Over several years the Syracuse community has witnessed a steady deterioration in the relationship between the city and representatives of Onondaga County.
The most recent example of the... More Posted on 02/22/08
When Time of Jubilee began there was concern that land speculators would flood the inner-city buying up parcels of land gentrifying the area. Land Trust was a concept that would create a disincentive... More Posted on 02/13/08
Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history.
-Carter G Woodson
Imagine a world in which... More Posted on 02/01/08
As Democrats on the national level debate the relevancy of experience, I cringed when Dr. Martin Luther King was mentioned and the attempt by the Obama forces to claim that Hillary Clinton down... More Posted on 12/18/07
Before Dr. Maulana Karenga’s invention of Kwanzaa, there was Christmas in the black community. Yes, Christmas, not Xmas, not the Holiday Season, but CHRISTmas. Traditions that date back to being... More Posted on 11/02/07
Early in my career as a journalist, I was a regular on Time-Warner Cable's Reporters Round Table. This was a biweekly program where I, along with Walt Shepperd of the New Times, Sheryl Nathans of... More Posted on 10/26/07
It’s difficult to get a “read” on this year’s Onondaga County Executive race. Unconfirmed polls have Republican Joanie Mahoney up by 4 percentage points. The Magnarelli campaign has stacked up... More Posted on 10/26/07
As the primary election draws to a conclusion, it’s time to do some Wednesday morning quarterback analysis. Joanie Mahoney’s campaign resembled Roy Bernardi’s rise to power as Syracuse Mayor. But... More Posted on 10/26/07
As the primary election draws to a conclusion, it’s time to do some Wednesday morning quarterback analysis. Joanie Mahoney’s campaign resembled Roy Bernardi’s rise to power as Syracuse Mayor. But... More Posted on 09/23/07
As I interviewed and listened to people of the Que Reunion reminisce about the past, it dawned on me that this group of black men and women endured the hardship of segregation the indignity of the... More Posted on 09/23/07
It’s an annual event with landmarks so established that some people could walk the grounds blindfolded. That’s our New York State Fair. As you tour the grounds no one is aware of what it took to... More Posted on 07/05/07
Back in the 1980s, I had the opportunity to work in city government in the City of Syracuse’s Office of Minority Affairs. The goal of that office was to increase the capacity of minority businesses... More Posted on 07/05/07
I picked up pieces of paper left behind by those who rummaged through my car the other night. On a routine weekday morning, I was disappointed to discover someone had gone through the vehicle and... More Posted on 06/11/07
In this week's column, just like "South Park" (but cleaner), any characters/characterizations real or imagined, visualizations and conjectured speech are for satirical entertainment purposes... More Posted on 05/09/07
Like many Syracuse and Central New York residents I cringed when informed of the death of dogs and cats from something in their food. From rodent poison to plastics authorities still don’t know... More Posted on 04/12/07
I listened carefully to your show on Monday April 9 at about 5:25 p.m. Your conversation turned to radio shock jock Don Imus and comments he made about the Rutgers woman's basketball... More Posted on 04/09/07
It’s Easter time. And like the Bunny, colored eggs and crisp church clothes for children, the budget for the Syracuse city school district is due. And just as in years before there’s the argument... More Posted on 04/09/07
Recent radio advertisements paid for by Moveon.org give us a real fish story…you know, telling a big one about the fish that got away? Moveon.org’s ad reeled in the listener providing a... More Posted on 04/09/07
There was a collective sinking feeling in the stomachs of those who supported our former City of Syracuse Superintendent of Schools Dr. Henry Williams. Recent revelations of corruption at the highest... More Posted on 02/18/07
Finally people can stop complaining about the weather. First it was, “It’s too warm.” Then, “it’s too cold” and “there’s not enough snow.” Now, it’s “We’ve had enough!” Living in Central New York... More Posted on 02/18/07
When we live in Syracuse and most cities there’s a hidden assessment, a charge and some might go as far as calling it a tax on goods and service delivery in the inner city.
From signage on faded... More Posted on 01/31/07
I brace myself for the inevitable achievements that will occur during Black History Month in February.
Harvard Scholar Dr. Carter G. Woodson is credited with creating black history as a focal... More Posted on 01/28/07
When you travel around your neighborhood, depending on where you live there are commercial businesses that have been there for generations. Corner stores, bars and restaurants in the commercial... More Posted on 01/28/07
As we celebrate another Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, it’s important to remember the road taken to achieve what many take for granted today, our civil rights.
Poll taxes, state laws designed to... More Posted on 01/12/07
It’s rare that you get to work with people you admired growing up but I was fortunate enough having been influenced by Nancy Duffy.
I learned what I know about The Onondaga Nation from Nancy... More Posted on 01/03/07
When Elvis Presley died I thought “how can so many people be moved so much by one man?” This week I learned the answer when news spread early Christmas morning that James Brown “the Godfather of... More Posted on 12/28/06
They made us sing this song in elementary school that sticks to you like hot oatmeal on a cold winter morning.
"Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer had a very shiny nose.
And if you ever saw him you... More Posted on 12/01/06
The elections are over. Now the Monday morning quarterbacking will begin.
Revelations by Congressman Jim Walsh that he had "a little hole" in his heart because of the close election drew sighs and... More Posted on 11/01/06
You'd have to be living under a rock to escape the barrage of negative campaign ads on display this election season. To add special flavoring to this "dish" personal attacks have taken on new meaning... More Posted on 10/01/06
I recall five years ago while working as Director of Development at the New York State Fair, I ran into Congressman Jim Walsh visiting the Pan-African Village. He didn't glad-hand vendors as Senator... More Posted on 09/01/06
With great sadness I watched as the late news showed visuals of dogs who'd been shot by Syracuse City Police. The dog pack had neighbors running for their lives. Thereafter a calm family friend... More Posted on 08/01/06
It ‘s been a long ordeal for the Williams family, having to watch as their son who lives with Down Syndrome got caught up in the legal system. The ordeal that's lasted 17 months placed a strain on... More