Many establishments call Downtown Syracuse home: from Dinosaur Bar-B-Q to the MOST, but the city's Downtown Committee want more people to call it home. Our Iris St. Meran has more on an annual tour that helps potential residents explore living options in that part of town.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- From the Saint Patrick's Parade to the Taste of Syracuse, downtown in the city is often an entertainment destination. Saturday, the Downtown Committee gave tourists a different taste of the Salt City.
"Our goal is to really increase the number of residential units and residents actually living in the Downtown district and we found that this event is terrific way just to show people what the downtown life has to offer," said Downtown Committee of Syracuse Deputy Director Merike Treier.
Armed with maps, hundreds of people went by foot or by shuttle to check out the downtown digs. Jason and Nancy Earley call Liverpool home but are open to a change of scenery.
Nancy Earley said, "We're always looking for something to do down here. We want to support the Downtown Committee. We're having a great time looking at these apartments."
"I spent an hour and half mowing the lawn yesterday, so that I could come downtown today. Why not stay here," said Jason Earley.
Over the last decade, the Downtown Committee says about 700 people have moved here. There are about 2,700 people living down here; a popular destination for young professionals and the more seasoned individuals.
Merike Treier said, "We also do have an empty nester population. Those folks who have sold their house out in DeWitt, are looking to downsize."
If you're looking to downsize or just move closer to many of the city's attractions, moving up to downtown may be something to consider.
If you missed the tour, but want to learn more about living downtown, visit http://downtownsyracuse.com.