Syracuse has targeted gangs and gang activity to combat violence, but one group says to solve this problem the city needs to focus on neighborhood relationships.
Cities across the country are developing different ways to combat violence and crime within their urban landscapes. The City of Syracuse is no different. For the last 15 years the Syracuse Police Department and community members have developed programs and groups to help make the city a safer place.
Despite these initiatives, violence and crime have not changed much, and in some cases have even increased.
While the 76-acre park adjacent to SU's campus has a reputation for criminal activity, actual incidents since 2008 suggest the popular spot may not be as dangerous as many believe.
What comes to mind when you hear the words Thornden Park?
Picnics, fresh air, long walks and gardens?
Or rather, is it rape, robbery, assault and murder?
If you’re a Syracuse University student, there’s a good chance Thornden’s sinister reputation as a place where criminals lurk behind every rose bush trumps nearly anything you’ve heard about the park’s assets.
In tough economic times, Vera House gets support from student interns.
Vera House, like many nonprofit organizations, is facing massive budget and funding cuts because of the economy. But there is one valuable resource that will not be cut - SU student interns.
"Having the students here is a really big help to the work that we're doing," said Randi Bregman, the Executive Director of Vera House. By her estimate, the organization has lost about 5 percent of its budget because of funding cuts and has had to implement a hiring freeze. Because of this, she said, having interns decreases the pressure on staff members who have had to take on more work.