Syracusans in 1999 will look back on the Syracuse of 1955 as a drab community with a superabundance of bars and television antennae in an era when a handful of citizens annoyed by the lack of it discussed the "need" for culture.—Post-Standard, February 20, 1955
Charles Walker says he sometimes sits around in South Florida, where he lives, and thinks about “the Syracuse that I grew up in...I can’t help feeling bad about the current sorry state of what was once one of the finest cities in the Northeast,” Charles writes. Then he savors his memories of Syracuse in the 1940s and 1950s in the Strathmore neighborhood where he lived.—Post-Standard, January 21, 2010 (and related, February 2, 2010 , February 18, 2010)
What continues to fascinate me is the continual praise for 1950s Syracuse by those who lived there at the time. Is this just childhood nostalgia? Or were the fifties that fabulous? If 1950's Syracuse was "one of the finest cities in the Northeast," then why the need for the complete overhaul by decade's end? Were city leaders simply attempting to improve upon a masterpiece? Did their projects go terribly awry due to the political, economic and social uncertainties of the turbulent sixties?
Or did everything go exactly as planned?