Small changes can make a huge impact on the feel of a city, or a neighborhood. What makes a neighborhood feel welcome? What makes you want to stay longer?
Eastwood, like many Syracuse neighborhoods is currently experiencing a revitalization. Residents and property owners of Eastwood are working hard to renew the “village” area and retail corridor that runs along James Street. Efforts include avocation for the healthy, sustainable growth of this potentially vibrant corridor.
In it’s current state, James street’s atmosphere is not welcoming to say the least. Large stretches between buildings, overabundance of parking lots and heavy traffic discourage pedestrian activity.
But, There is so much POTENTIAL!
Imagine a streetscape not just a street. Imagine updated facade’s and outdoor seating. Imagine less parking lots, and more establishments to patronage. Imagine green trees and flower beds. Imagine bike lanes and buses transporting people to meet, shop, and socialize.
Small changes in design and planning can highlight our neighborhoods unique history and characteristics, and bring these districts to life. Attractive landscaping, updated properties and choosing sustainable transportation alternatives combine to create what we architects call “sense of place”.