Connective Corridor

Project Overview

The Connective Corridor is emerging as a signature strip of cutting-edge cultural development connecting the University Hill with downtown Syracuse.

The city of Syracuse is home to three major universities, more than 30 art and cultural venues, and shopping centers all within close distance to one another.  In the coming months and years, nodes of the Connective Corridor will be stitched together and showcased with new urban landscapes, bike paths, imaginative lighting, public and interactive art, signage, and way finding systems.

A FREE bus service, provided by Centro and Syracuse University, already conveniently connects downtown Syracuse with Syracuse University, one of the first of many new initiatives for Syracuse’s urban playground.

Urban Reinvestment

The Connective Corridor is making investments in key locations supporting historic landmarks, cultural institutions, and private development. These areas include the emerging arts districts along East Genesee Street and the Near Westside, as well as Forman Park, Firefighters Park, Columbus Circle, Armory Square, and the “Civic Strip,” where the Oncenter complex and the Everson Museum tie into the center of downtown.

The Connective Corridor showcases the diverse art and cultural assets of Syracuse, igniting a resurgence of economic development, tourism, and urban residential “smart growth.” In addition to its focus on culture, the Connective Corridor will feature creative lighting, sustainable transportation options, green infrastructure, technological hot spots, and more.

The Connective Corridor demonstrates that campus and community are interdependent and can thrive together, and it’s a prime example of SU’s Scholarship in Action initiative. It features art, technology, and sustainable designs developed by students and faculty working in partnership with community artists and residents, highlighting the innovative spirit always to be found in central upstate New York.


Syracuse University is leading the project through its commitment to urban revitalization, economic development, and community engagement.  The Corridor provides a wealth of opportunities for student learning and faculty scholarship and make Syracuse a more vibrant city for all.

Partners in the project include the City of Syracuse and Onondaga County.

Read about the Green Infrastructure partnership with Onondaga County’s Save the Rain program here.

Greenbuild 2013 CC presentation – compressed