Central New York has an opportunity to revitalize its urban centers and preserve remaining open space in suburban and rural areas.

Onondaga County has long languished under the strain of years of air, soil, and water pollution. In recent years, however, cleanup efforts have started restoring polluted sites, on a path toward its cleanest state in a century. Syracuse, in particular, has made tremendous efforts in making its downtown more liveable through sustainable development, smart growth, and complete streets. But challenges still remain, such as the battle over the replacement of I-81, which bisects the city and limits development in its center.

Anything we missed that we should be working on? E-mail Patrick McClellan, New York State Policy Director at pmcclellan@nylcv.org and let us know!