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Happy Graduation Weekend

Visitor’s guide to the Connective Corridor for Commencement Weekend
Graduation is one of the busiest weekends of the year for the Syracuse community.  Area businesses along the Connective Corridor look forward to welcoming families from around the globe for commencement festivities. 
Connective Corridor streetscape construction is visibly underway, and the project team has worked hared with local businesses to ensure that the visitor experience this weekend will be an enjoyable one.   Streets and sidewalks are open during the commencement visitor weekend with good pedestrian and vehicle access, so come visit.  Businesses are open and there is ample parking in downtown.  Armory Square businesses want visitors to know that they are partnering on this streetscape reconstruction and especially encourage visitors to come visit, shop and dine. 
"We would like to congratulate the Class of 2014 and welcome their family and friends to Armory Square,” said Richard H. Sykes Jr., RHS Holdings, Inc., who is President of the Armory Business Association.  “With the coordination of Syracuse University and the Connective Corridor we hope that the transformation the area is currently undergoing shows the graduating Class of 2014 and their families that we are building for the future." 
Here are some handy tools to help explore downtown during commencement weekend:
Visitors can get a preview of the Connective Corridor's green complete streetscape along phase one of the project which includes University Avenue and East Genesee Street.  Phase two and three work is now underway along Genesee and Fayette Streets between McBride and West Streets.  Construction is progress, and you'll see signs of progress throughout downtown -- with the City's largest civic infrastructure project actively underway, as well as nearly $300 million in downtown real estate redevelopment.  It's a great example of a public-private-education partnership, and other universities look to Syracuse as the model for this kind of town-gown relationship.   So, as you see the signs of construction this weekend, please be patient as we build for the future. 

The horizon leans forward, offering you space to place new steps of change
 Maya Angelou
As you visit and wander this weekend, you’ll literally see steps of change.  It’s called the Connective Corridor.  Here is a little background for our out-of-town guests.
The Connective Corridor is a partnership between Syracuse University, the City of Syracuse and Onondaga County to construct complete and green streetscapes connecting University Hill and downtown. This is the largest civic infrastructure project in Syracuse in nearly 75 years, has won many design and engineering awards, and was the recipient of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Global Leadership Award.
Elements of the project include:
  • Free Connective Corridor public transportation system with “smart buses” equipped with Wi-Fi and onboard GPS, along with easy to use iOS and Android mobile apps
  • New pedestrian and green bike paths, making the city more user friendly
  • Extensive new landscaping and tree-lined corridors along completely reconstructed streets, with all new public infrastructure and upgraded utilities
  • Redesigned public parks and urban spaces, and outdoor dining areas
  • Innovative street lighting and illuminating iconic historic buildings
  • Public art and interactive installations
  • Large scale urban video projections at the Everson Museum Plaza by UVP / Light Work featuring work by national artists and a free outdoor summer film series
  • Nearly 75 building facade projects underway or planned across the district
  • Green infrastructure network that is one of the most sophisticated in the country, that will harvest and manage more than 22 millions of gallons of water annually
  • Smart growth and sustainability initiative by the City, County and Syracuse University -- all of which are national “green leaders”

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.

 Henry David Thoreau
“What lies behind us and what lies before us is tiny compared to what lies within us,” according to Ralph Waldo Emerson.  We celebrate students who have recently worked with the Connective Corridor, across so many disciplines. 
You have researched and designed projects, developed and implemented big ideas, launched social enterprises, worked with area businesses to share talent and expertise on development initiatives, helped tell stories about creative placemaking, planned big community events – and most of all, developed citizenship and collaborative leadership skills you will take with you through life.  Some of you are recently graduated, are just graduating, or moving on to graduate school.  Some of you are moving on and putting your talent to work in new communities in new career paths connected to civic service and your discipline.  Some of you are still undergraduate students and we look forward to working with you again next year.  Others are starting or completing graduate work here at Syracuse University.   Some of you have chosen to stay in this community – a place you have come to love through living, studying and volunteering here, and learning the art and science of engagement.  A few of you have recently and joined the ranks of Syracuse University faculty.
To all of you, we wish you well on the next steps of your journey.  We are proud of you.  You bring heart and soul to this complex thing we call community-building.  We are better people for working with you and learning from you.  This community is a better place because you have actively been part of it.  

We build a better world together through building communities of individuals -- across generations and cultures -- all sharing aspirations for a better future.  Thank you for being part of our community.
Saluting recent students who have worked with us on projects to build a better community:

Alexa Santos Amy Goodall-Ayres Ariel Zimmerman
Bryan Luce Caitlin Moriarty Chris Guimarin
Corrine Tyo Damian Rakowsky Drew Gamils
Eddie Zaremba Elizabeth Beeson Elizabeth McMahon
Eric Ennis Francesca Merwin Frank Taylor
Frannie Monasterio Fred Imbert Gabriel Mugar
Greg Mawicke Hannah Nast Heidi Olean
Holly Joy Zahn Ian Dickerson Jesse Handelman
Jingnan “Ruth” Li Joseph Stray Josh Austin
Josh Bazan Joyce Lee Julian Labriance
Justin Sullivan Karina Campos Keisuke Inoue
Makayla Dearborn Marcus Hanna Michael Rotella
Michael Smith Nichola Krapf Nicholas Canedo
Nick Garritano Nicole Perman Nilus Klingel
Peter DePasquale Quinton Fletchall Rachel Boucher
Renee Storiale Ron Coraizaca Rose Picon
Ryan Martin Shaina Mendelaw Sloan Siegel
Spencer Arbige Stephen Klimek Tiffany Soohoo
Tyler Greenwalt    
Last words:  Follow your heart and intuition
“Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”  —Steve Jobs
The Connective Corridor is a collaboration of Syracuse University, the City of Syracuse and Onondaga County
Syracuse University Office of Community Engagement and Economic Development
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