King’s Prophecy in Syracuse: Segregation, Section 8 and a need for change.

In Syracuse, our poverty is intertwined with our segregation; thus, the denial – and shortage – of Section 8 vouchers is a perpetuation of both, as these vouchers have the potential to serve as a ticket out of sometimes-apocalyptic circumstances, in which the destination is simply normalcy, or neighborhoods that harbor quality schools, safe parks and corners that serve as nothing more than an intersection of roads, rather than the center place of drug markets.

A study in Syracuse and a Ring in Cleveland: LeBron’s greatness stretches beyond basketball

A study in Syracuse helps explain why LeBron’s greatness stretches beyond athletics. He is great because he rose above the reality of smothering socioeconomic conditions that most of us can’t imagine. He is great because he serves as a role model for any young person, anywhere, who wishes to work at a craft – and succeed in it – regardless of background. He was great, long before last night, when he and his team won Cleveland a championship.

A few days in March: a reminder of what could be

Syracuse came alive this March and grabbed the nation’s attention when both the men and women’s basketball team secured spots in the NCAA Final 4. Cities such as Charleston and Chicago provide examples of how such civic pride and attention can be used more permanently, as a means of addressing economic realities and developing the city, in more ways than one.