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PIZZA, AGAIN? hi 42° | lo WEDNESDAY 26° december 5, 2012 t h e i n de pe n de n t s t u de n t n e w spa pe r of s y r acuse , n e w yor k INSIDENEWS INSIDEOPINION INSIDEPULP INSIDESPORTS Melting pot North Salina Street evolves into Worth the investment? Though some college dropouts Dress to the pines Stay warm and look Locked out With the NHL season very much in limbo, the a pocket of cultural diversity. Page 3 Symphony to return to Syracuse By Annie Palmer STAFF WRITER After more than a year of silence, the former members of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra have developed a new strategy to revive the organization’s presence in the Syracuse community. The Syracuse Symphony Orchestra folded in spring 2011 after it filed for bankruptcy and was forced to cease operations. Despite this, chairman of the Symphony Syracuse Foundation’s Board of Trustees Jon Garland has made plans to form an extension of the orchestra, The Post- “The recession created immediate consequences for arts everywhere. Still, it is absolutely vital that the symphony restock for the sake of the Syracuse community.” James Tapia DIRECTOR OF ORCHESTRAL ACTIVITIES AT SYRACUSE UNIVERSIT Y Standard reported on Nov. 28. The orchestra plans to resurface as soon as the winter season, with talk of a holiday concert series. The orchestra is having a holiday concert on Dec. 14. At the event, Garland plans to reveal the orchestra’s new name, as well as the dates for a winter and spring 2013 concert series throughout the Syracuse and Upstate New York region, The Post-Standard reported. Under the interim name Musical Associates of Central New York, the organization will feature an entirely new business plan in which the success of each show determines how much or how little musicians are paid, said Vicki Feldman, a member of the Musical Associates of Central New York’s fundraising group. SEE SYMPHONY PAGE 8 achieve success, others are not so lucky. Page 5 hot with Pulp’s winter fashion guide. Page 12 A Tale o Syracuse Crunch carries on as usual. Page 20 University, local communities examine present, future of Connective Corridor Two Cities By Dara McBride and Debbie Truong STAFF WRITERS t was an imposing ivory tower. It was a fading manufacturing town. It was the same city, worlds apart. “When you get away a distance from the downtown area and get up on a hill, you look out at the skyline and it looks like there are two cities side by side,” said Dennis Connors, history curator at the Onondaga Historical Association, imagining himself looking down on the city of Syracuse. The Connective Corridor, introduced by Syracuse University Chancellor Nancy Cantor in 2005, aims to bring the university and downtown closer through a three-phase transportation and streetscape improvement project. It encourages travel between the two areas through public transportation, artwork and community involvement. The $42.5 million mission is an ambitious one: Transforming a rust belt city into a robust, environmentally conscious urban center. But the city is beginning to see the results. The first phase of construction ended this fall, turning University Avenue into a two-way street and introducing a green bike path and red streetscape improvements from the edge of campus to East Genesee Street. The project was awarded the “Transportation Project of the Year” by the Institute of Transportation Engineers New York Upstate Section. “When you look at it, you do realize that it’s more than just a bus route and it’s more than just a streetscape,” said Linda Dickerson Hartsock, who joined the project as director of the Office of Community Engagement and Economic Development at SU and overseer of the Corridor in February. The effort is billed as the city’s largest public works project in more than 30 years, but as the project enters its second phase, some campus and community members continue to question the Corridor’s function and how it will effectively push Syracuse into the 21st century. Counteracting I-81 There was a growing sense that the grandeur of the city — once a thriving industrial hub — began to dull after a number of industrial corporations began departing the city several decades ago, said Connors at the Onondaga Historical Association. luke rafferty | design editor The Connective Corridor: more than just a bus route. Activity on the Hill boomed while industry and activity downtown slowed. Non-manufacturing jobs in medical and higher education fields dominated, usurping manufacturing as the largest industry in the area. As the city attempts to strike a balance between identities, SU’s relationship with the city of Syracuse has also undergone change since Cantor’s 2004 arrival at the university and the introduction of the Corridor concept. CONTINUED ON PAGE 1O

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