I got this email from Marilyn Higgins at Syracuse University's Office of Community Engagement. It's edited for style and such, and I've de-linked the email addresses so you can copy and paste into your web-based email clients.
Last Friday, the Syracuse Common Council held a committee meeting to look at the plans for the first significant build-out of the Connective Corridor. These plans include the redesign of University Ave. and E. Genesee Street including the installation of bike lanes, pedestrian-level lighting, green infrastructure, landscaping and beautiful new signage and street furniture. The plan also calls for returning University Avenue to a two-way street, and the restoration of Forman Park . The design for Forman Park respects the existing memorials and adds a new fountain, spectacular lighting, seating and carefully crafted landscape architecture.
The vote on these items has been delayed for two weeks. The Common Council is seeking community input so this is the time to register your support for this exciting change. In order to get into construction this fall on Forman Park and see this first major leg of the Corridor built next spring it is important for the Council to hear from those who are looking forward to having these new amenities in our City.
This is a rare opportunity for Syracuse, to use state and federal funding to design and build “complete streets” and better connect the institutions on University Hill to downtown Syracuse. If you are looking forward to Corridor construction, and if you believe that our streets should be shared by the pedestrian and the biker, along with the car please take action by emailing a note to the Common Councilors listed below by June 2.
P.S. Please let the Councilors know how you personally will be affected by the greener commuting options, walkability , safety and urban improvements planned for the University Avenue- East Genesee Street route to downtown Syracuse. Do you live or work in the City? Do you go to church in this area..dine at Phoebe’s…. attend Syracuse Stage… walk or bike this way to work? Also, I encourage you to share this information with colleagues, friends and neighbors. Each note can contribute to a positive change for Syracuse. Thank You!!!
P.P.S. If you would like to see more of the Corridor design work than has been in the papers feel free to stop by our office on the 4th floor of the Warehouse, 350 West Fayette St.
Syracuse Common Council
Van Robinson, President, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lance Denno, Councilor At-Large, email@example.com
Kathleen Joy, Councilor At-Large, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jean Kessner, Councilor At-Large, email@example.com
William Ryan, Councilor At-Large, firstname.lastname@example.org
Matthew Rayo, Councilor District 1, email@example.com
Patrick Hogan, Councilor District 2, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ryan McMahon, Councilor District 3, email@example.com
Thomas Seals, Councilor District 4, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nader Maroun, Councilor District 5, email@example.com