Believe in Syracuse talks about I-81 challenge

Interstate 81 from Spencer Street.


ust like thousands of others throughout Syracuse, Ben Bragdon works downtown in the Tech Garden as the Community Manager with Syracuse Coworks.

Bragdon is concerned about the looming decision on Interstate 81 and how that might impact the flow of potential customers looking to lease office space downtown.

"I definitely think whatever happens with 81 will impact foot traffic for co-works but also for the hill too, it goes both ways," says Bragdon.

His concern brought him out with more than 30 others concerned neighbors like Anna Pyrohanych to Believe in Syracuse. This local grassroots movement looks to start conversations about the positive and negative aspects of the City of Syracuse.

"It doesn't seem to have any resolution to it because it's ongoing. I don't think they're ever going to get it done or finished. It's never going to be finished and that's what frustrates people even more is you think it's going to be done, but it's not," says Pyrohanych.

With 13 thousand clicks onto their website and many followers on social media, believe in Syracuse says these meetings are intended to create a positive movement with those across the city while addressing neighbors' concerns such as the I-81 Challenge.

Peter Alexander was one of the neighbors who were expressing their viewpoints. "Syracuse as a group really needs to come together -- we need to have the right knowledge we need to know what the options are. Once we have the best options I think we can come to the best conclusion," says Alexander.