Wednesday 30 November 2022
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City Announces Competition to Improve Erie Blvd.

By Staff



Erie Canal Museum

The city of Syracuse, and town of DeWitt, have launched Elevating Erie, a “competition to identify innovative ideas that will stimulate and guide the future development” of the historical Canalway which is now Erie Blvd., city officials stated.

The competition, funded by a state grant, is open to anyone, the city said, and invites proposals from designers and ecologists, students and experts from around the world to submit plans to reinvent a four-mile stretch of Erie Blvd., between Syracuse and DeWitt; as well as three additional sites along the boulevard; and ideas for connecting the historical Canalway Trail from where it ends in DeWitt, on to Camillus.

“The Boulevard is poised for a rebirth: to become a new example for how cities throughout the Northeast can repurpose a single-use typology, and leverage the rich history of the canal into a corridor with social, ecological, and strong economic purpose,” city officials stated.

Although the part of the Erie Canal that ran through Syracuse and Dewitt has been paved for the past 100 years, the city said now wants to turn the boulevard into both a recreational, and transit corridor.

As a result, all submissions must address the program at the Boulevard-scale as the primary category. However, an entrant may submit to multiple categories, which may increase his or her chances of being selected as a finalist. Four winners will be selected, including one from each category. In addition, the winning team for the overall connector will be provided a $3,000 cash award, and winning teams for each individual site will be awarded a new iPad Pro. A jury for the competition will also select up to eight honorable mentions in the competition.

Submissions for the competition must be entered by no later than Dec. 22.

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“The contest’s finalists will be highlighted in an exhibition opening in the spring of 2016 at the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse, discussed publicly by the jury at a gallery talk, and included in a forthcoming publication on the competition,” city officials stated. “All admissible entries will be displayed digitally during the exhibit and also displayed in an online gallery on the competition website.”  

“The Erie Canal was the critical piece of infrastructure that prompted the rapid growth and development of the city of Syracuse,” added Mayor Stephanie Miner. “The Elevating Erie project will provide innovative new ideas on how the Erie Boulevard East corridor can continue to positively affect quality of life, recreation, and economic development in the city of Syracuse.”