Priority One: Infrastructure

A vexing obstacle for Syracuse, and other cities like it across the nation, is the challenge of maintaining 20th century infrastructure that is often at the end of its useful life. Roads and bridges are but the most obvious examples of infrastructure systems in dire need of repair and modernization. The hidden nature of underground infrastructure, like water and sewer lines, has led to decades of deferred maintenance enabled by relative obscurity.

The Syracuse i-team, under the direction of Mayor Stephanie Miner, worked to develop a series of 13 initiatives to improve the city’s infrastructure. Learn more about our initiatives and the challenges they address in our final report below.

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In the News: 

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Cities Supporting Cities: Syracuse Visits Flint
February 7, 2017 | Adria Finch

Predicting Water Main Breaks
January 24, 2017 | Sam Edelstein

Infrastructure: It's not really goodbye
January 13, 2017 | Adria Finch

Data Science for Social Good
June 15, 2016 | Sam Edelstein

Potholes and More Potholes
May 19, 2016 | Innovation Team

Bike Infrastructure
May 18, 2016 | Innovation Team

New York State's Infrastructure
May 17, 2016 | Innovation Team

Infrastructure Week 2016
May 16, 2016 | Innovation Team

SQUID and Water Sensors 
April 21, 2016 | Sam Edelstein

The Future Story of Syracuse's Infrastructure
February 24, 2016 | Innovation Team

January 28, 2016 | Innovation Team

Led by Data (Part II)
December 23, 2015 | Sam Edelstein

Led by Data (Part I)
December 10, 2015 | Sam Edelstein

Better Together
November 24, 2015 | Adria Finch

November 5, 2015 | Addison Spears

One Man's Trash
October 16, 2016 | Addison Spears

Circa 1894
October 9, 2015 | Emily Barrett

Inside Out: Internal Ideation
September 28, 2015 | Adria Finch

Water Main Break at Nottingham High School
September 22, 2015 | Sam Edelstein

Dear Cincy
September 14, 2015 | Addison Spears

We call this stage "Ideation"
September 3, 2015 | Sam Edelstein

Out of the Office
August 6, 2015 | Addison Spears

The Water Main Break
August 4, 2015 | Sam Edelstein

Water Treatment Facility
June 19, 2015 | Addison Spears

Change Calls for Innovation
June 5, 2015 | Addison Spears

How Mathematicians in Chicago Are Stopping Water Leaks in Syracuse
April 20, 2017 | Politico Magazine

Miner: Syracuse water main breaks decline 18 percent, but city needs federal aid
March 17, 2017 |

Syracuse gets early warnings on water main breaks and fires
January 31, 2017 | GCN

In final State of the City, Miner reflects on 7 years in office, unveils plans for 2017
January 12, 2017 |

Bloomberg Philanthropies Expands Innovation Teams Program To Seven New Cities Across The Globe
January 12, 2017 | PR Newswire

Giving Cities Room to Experiment and Innovate
January 12, 2017 | CityLab from The Atlantic

Syracuse's Innovation Team wants to know: What issues in the city need fixing?
June 8, 2016 |

Syracuse I-Team Tackles Infrastructure: Part II
May 22, 2016 | TWC News

Syracuse I-Team Tackles Infrastructure: Part I
May 21, 2016 | TWC News

After infrastructure fixes, what's next for the Syracuse's Office of Innovation?
May 16, 2016 |

SU Professor and Students Helping Syracuse's I-Team Tackle Infrastructure Problems
February 11, 2016 | 

I-team finds innovative solutions to infrastructure issues
February 2, 2016 | WRVO

Syracuse brings 'hipster' remedy to ancient problem
January 28, 2016 |

Innovation in the Salt City
Fall 2015 | Maxwell Perspective

Syracuse launches “innovation team” to tackle urban challenges
March 12, 2015 | citiscope

Mayor Miner hires her former planning director to lead Syracuse innovation team
February 26, 2015 |

Miner's State of the City: New Office of Innovation to tackle Syracuse infrastructure problems
January 29, 2015 |



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