Photographs by Shane Lavalette Words by Arthur R. Flowers, Jr.
Urban planning says a lot about a city’s character. In Syracuse, New York, Interstate 81 separates those who live on the right side of town from those who do not. For this piece, we paired two longtime residents—an award-winning poet and a photographer—to tell the Syracuse story in pictures and words.
But now the viaduct is falling apart. It has to go.
The options are: rebuilding it, redirecting it, tunneling under it, or some hybrid multimodal concept incorporating bikes, pedestrians, and alternative public transportation, in a fluid mix that encourages area development and economic opportunity, environmental justice and sustainability, street vibrancy, public areas, and effectively gridded traffic patterns.
The dismantling efforts of cities such as Portland, San Francisco, Milwaukee, Oakland, and others have generally found these initiatives to be successful revitalization efforts. Caltrans used the rebuild of the Cypress freeway to reunite the Oakland it had originally sundered. Change is always a challenge, but if you get ahead of it, it can be shaped. Some businesses, some commuters have objected to the possible removal of I-81, but the City of Syracuse has decided to use this opportunity to try and position itself for a 21st-century viability that has so far eluded it.
3 Parts | 21 min Sometimes, to understand what’s going on in America, you have to go beyond what’s real. Here are three videos, each done in one shot, that explore issues of gender, race, class, life, death, and selfie culture.
The rise in mass shootings has not gone unnoticed by law enforcement. Hence, new training grounds that are particularly of this time: schools to prepare students, teachers, and police for the next armed intruder.
Office parks, island nations, private prisons—all immigrant detention centers. Here are six examples of how American government officials have been both metaphorically and literally hiding these bureaucratic nightmares from view.