I recently put up the third post that I have written about Syracuse University since I started this site ten years ago. I have been complementary about the standout academic offerings as well as the university’s athletic tradition. A comparison to USC is also valid. Both schools share similar academic strengths and flexibility as well as athletic traditions and pride.
Tonight, someone in the Syracuse alumni community brought information to my attention about neighborhoods in the city as well as attractions nearby, which the university also mentions on their Web site. Fair enough. Readers have every right to point out aspects of a community that I have not had the opportunity to see. They even have the right to scold me for not visiting something that they believe that I should visit. However, when someone demands that I tell “the truth,” I also have the right to do more homework.
I found more than one link that covers the city’s strengths. Syracuse is going to be a less expensive city than Boston or New York for someone who is employed or wants to start a business. The city and region have many amenities, too. But there are economic indicators that are not so great, according to the New York Fed. You are welcome to see these for yourself.
Central New York has three strong research universities: Binghamton, Cornell and Syracuse as well as Ithaca College. If you go into LinkedIn.com you will find that alumni live or work near their alma maters. Yet the number one metro area for all four schools is New York City. It’s possible that Central New York can gain new employers and jobs at the expense of Boston, New York City and other metro areas. The region can also grow its health care sector, among others. But Syracuse, as a city, has a lot to recover from.
But the university admits on its own Web page that Syracuse is #1 in snowfall for metropolitan areas in the nation. The city has won the ‘Golden Snowball’ awarded by National Weather Services offices based in Upstate New York for 14 of the last 19 years.
I invited this one person, who contacted me three times in one night, the opportunity to post their comments directly under my post about the university. Instead, I was asked to do it myself and repeatedly chastised about how inaccurate and ignorant I was about Syracuse University and the city of Syracuse. So it became my right to investigate further, and I did.
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