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On May 9, 2012, the SMTC and the NYSDOT hosted a public meeting for The I-81 Challenge. Over 480 people participated in the in-person public meeting, and over 250 people participated in the virtual meeting through the project website. The feedback and key findings from this public meeting have been summarized in the May 2012 Public Meeting Summary Report, now available on the project website. At the public meeting, participants were able to review materials from the f...

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Thank you to everyone who participated in the public meeting for The I-81 Challenge on May 9th. Nearly 500 members of the Central New York community joined us to provide comments, concerns, and ideas about the future of I-81. If you were unable to attend, you can still participate online with our virtual meeting. The virtual meeting is designed to replicate the in-person meeting, and it is open 24/7. You’ll find the same opportunities for comments and interactiv...

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The Public Participation Program for The I-81 Challenge has allowed us to gather feedback from the public through: - Meetings with the three committees involved in The I-81 Challenge - The Study Advisory Committee - The Community Liaison Committee - The Municipal Liaison Committee - Focus groups - Two questionnaires - First series of public workshops - Outreach to populations with Limited English Proficiency - Small group community meetings How does all this input fit...

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This is the fifth post in a series that highlights the public’s opinion about case studies from other cities. To read other posts in this series, click here. In this post we’ll look at Octavia Blvd. in San Francisco. To learn more about that project, click here. Here are a few of the key aspects that workshop attendees liked about this case study: - Promotion of alternative modes of travel – Octavia Boulevard was seen as embracing a “Complete »

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This is the second in a series of posts that explores the three major themes that arose from the visions shared at our first round of public workshops. In our last post in this series, we explored the first major theme: Rebuild the Viaduct. This post explores the second theme: Remove the viaduct and replace it with an urban boulevard or other thoroughfare integrated into the local street network.  The primary goals of most of the visions within this »

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At the first round of public workshops, members of the public shared many visions for the futures of I-81. In previous posts we’ve shared a few of their individual drawings and ideas. While the ideas that meeting attendees proposed at the workshops varied significantly, the visions generally fell into three major categories: - Rebuild the viaduct - Remove the viaduct and replace it with an urban boulevard - Replace the viaduct with a below grade »

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This is the fourth post in a series that highlights the public’s opinion about case studies from other cities. To read other posts in this series, click here. In this post we’ll look at the I-Way project in Providence, RI. To learn more about that project, click here. Below are some of the key aspects that attendees liked about this case study: - Redevelopment and reintegration of downtown – The project was seen successful in reconnecting neighborhoods »

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At the first round of public meetings for The I-81 Challenge, participants shared their thoughts on our draft study goals through several interactive exercises. People are continuing to let us know what they think a solution for I-81 should accomplish through the virtual workshop as well. The graph above provides a visual snapshot of how public workshop participants weighted the study goals we’ve heard so far. If you’d like to learn more about »

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This is the third post in a series that highlights the public’s opinion about case studies from other cities. To read other posts in the series, click here. In this post we’ll look at what workshop participants thought about the Marquette Interchange project. To learn more about that project, click here. Here are a few of the things they liked about this project: - The project was successful in terms of aesthetics and design. Public art and other »

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We are actively soliciting your feedback about what a solution for I-81 should accomplish. Below is a list of the study goals that we have heard so far. Through various public involvement opportunities, members of the public have added to this list and given us their feedback about which of the study goals is most important to them. Public workshop participants also shared their ideas about what these draft study goals mean. Here are a few of the »

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This is the second post in a series that highlights the public’s opinion about case studies from other cities. To read other posts in this series, click here. In our last post, we looked at what workshop participants liked about Boston’s Big Dig. You can learn more about the Big Dig by reading our recent blog post about the project. This post will look at the other side – what workshop participants didn’t like. Here are a few of the things »

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At the first round of public workshops for The I-81 Challenge, we looked at a variety of stories from other cities and regions that have faced challenges comparable to that of the Syracuse region and the I-81 corridor. More information about these case studies is available through our video and through the Case Studies Report on The I-81 Challenge website. This is the first post in a series that highlights the public’s opinion about case studies »

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