WSWS reporters spoke with residents of Syracuse’s Westside neighborhood about the horrific housing conditions faced by most of the area’s residents.
Syracuse, a medium-sized city of 145,000 located in upstate New York between Albany and Buffalo, has been hard hit by the long industrial decline of the region followed by the economic crisis of 2008, from which workers have never recovered.
As a whole, a staggering 33.6 percent of the city lives in poverty. And nearly half, 48.6 percent, of all children age 18 and under live in poverty. As horrendous as those figures are, when one looks closer at those living in the Westside, the statistics are even worse.
According to the US Census Bureau for the 13204 zip code, which roughly covers the Westside, the poverty level for all who inhabit the area is nearly 43 percent; the rate for young people beneath 18 years old is two out of every three.