Syracuse Gets in on the Highway Teardown Party

Mr. Gorbachev! Tear down that highway! (What?)

Google image of the I-345's bottom
Google image of I-345’s bottom

In Syracuse, New York, there’s an elevated highway that runs through the city for 1.4 miles. It separates downtown Syracuse from the bustling neighborhood of University Hill. From Governing:

The aging highway cuts off many streets on the city’s grid. “There is this gulf,” [a developer] says. “What we’ve done is take an incredibly important piece of this city off of the development map. This highway runs through the part of the city that should be some of the highest-producing parcels of land in the region.”

Does that sound familiar? You will not be surprised when I tell you that they are talking about tearing down this highway and replacing it with a boulevard that would better connect downtown to University Hill. Really, the only surprising thing about the story is that it does not mention Dallas.


  • go orange

    As someone who is from Syracuse, there are many huge differences in Dallas and Syracuse. Dallas has about 2 million people, Syracuse has about 150,000. The highways there are 2 lanes, not 4-5, each side. Syracuse is a blue collar city with very little job growth. Syracuse has beautiful downtown buildings that are mostly empty. The university saves that city. Pick a comparable city, especially with the same traffic issues, for your example.

    • Bushwood Smithie


      The Syracuse metro population is around 3% of DFW’s. 50% more people use I-345 each day than even live in Syracuse.

      A much better analogy to tearing out I-345:

    • cruz z

      So… you’re saying that Since Dallas is “Bigger”, that tearing down the freeway
      would BENEFIT it more
      than tearing down the freeway in Syracuse, right?

      Because that is what I see from reading your comment.

      If so, then I agree.

      I345 needs to GO.

  • Zac Crain