Movement on Main is a streetscape design competition of Wyoming Street in Near Westside neighborhood in Syracuse, New York. Just west of downtown, it sits right on the boundary of residential areas, mostly public housing, and abandoned industrial lots. It is a very mixed neighborhood, with a 70% ethnic population in which 50% are living below poverty level, 37% are disabled, and 50% of residents did not finish high school. A City-wide effort has been made to transform the neighborhood, and a number of non-profit organizations have been established on the site.
The project is a redesign of the entire 5 blocks of Wyoming Street and some of the adjacent lots: including a parking lot for WCNY and other future tenants, a pocket lot between two non-profit organizations, two lots next to an art studio, a triangular space between public housing, and an open space in front of a local grocery store. The street is 1,830 feet long and the right of way is 80 feet wide on average.
Our concept is organized by three guiding, interrelated objectives that promote healthy living for all who live and work within the neighbourhood. The three objectives – “Meditate”, “Move”, and “Collaborate” – define the design program and physically organize the site in a linear method, from west to east.
The landscape architect recognizes that fitness of the mind (collaborate), body (move) and soul (meditate) are essential to holistic well-being. The concept interlaces these ideas into an interactive neighborhood street where all design interventions foster a socially, economically, programmatically, and environmentally-sustainable environment for all ages.