Salt District, Syracuse

The story behind the SALT District reflects the promise of Syracuse’s future, along with pride in its past. Standing for Syracuse, Art, Literacy, and Technology, the acronym, SALT, also references Syracuse’s early industrial history when it was home to many salt works, and known throughout the northeast as “The Salt City.”

Longtime a harbor for innovation and creativity, the region has cradled the Women’s Movement and Arts and Crafts Movement, and been home to innovative artists such as Gustav Stickley, Adelaine Alsop Robineau, L. Frank Baum, Raymond Carver, Joyce Carol Oates, Camille Anna Paglia, Tony Trischka, Libba Cotton, Jimmy Van Heusen, Lou Reed, Maya Deren and Rod Serling.

Over the last decade, the not-for-profit organization, the Near West Initiative, has endeavored to create a new epicenter of artistic and cultural development in the Syracuse and Central Upstate New York area. In the past four years alone, the SALT District has attracted over $70 million dollars in leveraged investment and created 337 new jobs.

Today, the SALT District is a rapidly developing creative community centered around Wyoming Street. A new project—Movement on Main—is an exciting competition to find a new street design that will encourage community gathering along with outdoor recreation, such as bicycling and walking. Wedding high design standards with advanced technology, the winning redesign will see the creation of a healthy street that will catalyze movement and the continual improvement of the neighborhood.