Mon June 23, 2014

Tunnel, depressed highway are out in plans for new I-81

Zack Seward WXXI

Syracuse looks less likely to go through its own Big Dig, as state highway transportation officials recommend a tunnel or depressed highway are not the best options for a rebuilt Interstate 81 through Syracuse.

Transportation officials have been considering several variations of four root options for a new I-81: a rebuilt viaduct, a street-level boulevard, a tunnel, or sunken roadway.

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Mon June 2, 2014

A personal perspective on National Homeownership Month

Credit flickr

It was the ‘POP’ heard round the world when super inflated housing bubble burst in 2008. Much of the blame was placed on overzealous lenders and irresponsible buyers as housing prices began a steady march, finally bottoming out in 2012.

The Empire State saw its fair share of trouble. In 2011, 345,000 mortgages were either in default or delinquent and the number of underwater homes was even higher.

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Mon May 12, 2014
Mobile Homes

Non-profit assists mobile home owners improve habitability

Dale and Cindy Berberick outside their home.
Credit Matt Martin/WSKG

Mobile homes are often the only affordable housing options for low and moderate-income people in rural communities. But they aren’t built to last and often fall into disrepair. For years, government housing programs haven’t provided much for this segment of the housing stock. A program is underway in Otsego County to improve housing conditions for people living in mobile homes.

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Tue May 6, 2014
Financial Stress

Your town or school's fiscal stress score, mapped


How stressed out is the checkbook in your hometown or school district? The New York comptroller's office recently finished scoring nearly 2,300 governments and school districts and tabulated their fiscal stress levels.

There are 142 municipalities in some level of fiscal stress, according to Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

The comptroller says the percentage score, with 100 percent being as stressed out as a municipality can get, is an 'early warning system.'

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Thu May 1, 2014

Where an Interstate 81 tunnel through Syracuse could go

An artist rendering of what Almond St. in downtown Syracuse could look like with Interstate 81 tunneled below it.
N.Y. Department of Transportation

A tunnel to replace Interstate 81's current elevated path through downtown Syracuse could take four possible routes through the city.

The New York Department of Transportation revealed tunnel options ahead of a meeting to explain all 16 possible variations of a new Interstate 81 in Syracuse. 

Interstate 81 runs from the Canadian border in the north to the Pennsylvania border in the south. The 50-year-old highway carries thousands of cars each day through Syracuse.

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