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Saturday, May 18, 2013

SYRACUSE, NY –The Downtown Living Tour returns for its seventh year on Saturday, May 18th, giving Central New Yorkers the unique opportunity to tour downtown’s newest examples of urban living. Showcasing a wide variety of living environments, including upscale condos, new apartments, historic renovations and new construction, eight tour stops will be open for viewing from noon to 6:00 p.m.

Large crowds are expected as last year’s event sold more than 2,100 tickets. This year’s event is headquartered at Pike Block, 115 West Fayette Street. Designed to showcase downtown’s finest examples of urban living, the tour also aims to increase awareness of the revitalization taking place in the Central Business District.

The Downtown Living Tour is a self-guided walking tour through downtown. Visitors can also take advantage of a free shuttle bus that will run on a special tour route. Event parking is available for $3.00 in the Clinton Street Garage, 409 South Clinton Street. On-street parking is free throughout the Central Business District on the day of the tour.

Day-of-event tickets are available for $15.00. All tickets can be picked up at tour headquarters, Pike Block between noon and 4:00 p.m.

Tour-goers are also encouraged to experience all that downtown has to offer by visiting the specialty shops and restaurants, some of which will be offering specials and discounts.

With so many individuals moving into the downtown area, a new initiative offers residents and visitors the opportunity to shape the future for part of the community. Perseverance Park and Common Center (the site of the former Centro bus shelter) are currently under consideration for renovation. A coalition that includes the City of Syracuse, the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Syracuse Public Art Commission, Connective Corridor, Syracuse University’s UPSTATE Center for Design, Research and Real Estate, and the Syracuse University Arts Presenter is working to re-vision this public space and give it new significance in the community.

People visiting the Downtown Living Tour will have the opportunity to participate in the first part of that process. Beginning Saturday, the team will unveil a Twitter account, @ParkPotential, to begin a public dialogue about the future of this area. The public is invited to tweet their vision and ideas to the account. The team behind the project will respond and interact with comments and take suggestions back as the process goes forward.

For more information about the Downtown Living Tour, please visit www.downtownsyracuse.com/downtownlivingtour.

2013 Downtown Living Tour Stops:

  • Tour Headquarters: Pike Block, 115 West Fayette Street
  • Dey’s Plaza, 401 South Salina Street
  • White Memorial Building, 100 East Washington Street
  • Merchants Commons, 220 South Warren Street
    • Residential Spaces
    • Syracuse Media Group space
  • Vengeance Lofts, 201 West Willow Street
  • Inns at Armory Square, 300 West Fayette Street
  • Jefferson Clinton Commons, 211 West Jefferson Street
  • Loew’s Landmark Suites, 108 West Jefferson Street

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