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Syracuse-area job losses. Infographic: <a href="http://www.brookings.edu/research/reports/2013/04/18-job-sprawl-kneebone">Brookings Institution report</a>
Syracuse-area job losses. Infographic: Brookings Institution report

Are Albany policies "starving" upstate NY cities?

A Cornell University expert says state policies are making it harder for upstate New York's cities to regain their past economic vitality.

Mildred Warner says the region's cities aren't getting the "full gambit" of rediscovery by younger generations because they're not investing enough in areas like quality of life and infrastructure.  Go to full article
Aaron Hinton, outside his building in Brownsville, Brooklyn. He calls the war on drugs "the war on the poor." Photo: Natasha Haverty
Aaron Hinton, outside his building in Brownsville, Brooklyn. He calls the war on drugs "the war on the poor." Photo: Natasha Haverty

What if 10 percent of your neighbors went to prison downstate?

The North Country has more than a dozen state and federal prisons, housing thousands of inmates. It turns out a lot of those inmates come from just a few neighborhoods, and those have been at the center of the 40-year drug war. Today, Brownsville, Brooklyn has one of the highest concentrations of incarcerated or formerly incarcerated people in the country.  Go to full article
Syracuse-area job losses. Infographic: <a href="http://www.brookings.edu/research/reports/2013/04/18-job-sprawl-kneebone">Brookings Institution report</a>
Syracuse-area job losses. Infographic: Brookings Institution report

Most upstate cities losing jobs

There's been a steady flow of jobs away from America's city downtowns for the first decade of this century. Some of upstate New York's cities are bucking the trend, but not all.  Go to full article
New York City, like many large cities in the Northern Hemisphere, lies directly under important atmospheric circulations. Photo: Tony Fischer Photography / via Flickr
New York City, like many large cities in the Northern Hemisphere, lies directly under important atmospheric circulations. Photo: Tony Fischer Photography / via Flickr

How a distant city affects your local weather

Seesawing temperatures, melting snow and rain, heavy winds...and that's just the latest few days of weather extremes. New research may help explain why patterns are changing. It suggests that even if you live thousands of miles away from a major city, it could still be playing a role in your local weather.  Go to full article
"Urban Chickens - An Open Forum" on Tuesday, April 12th, Plattsburgh City Hall, 7pm
"Urban Chickens - An Open Forum" on Tuesday, April 12th, Plattsburgh City Hall, 7pm

Plattsburgh forum on urban chickens

A group of Plattsburgh residents interested in keeping a limited number of backyard hens will hold a public forum next Tuesday night to the discuss the pros and cons of raising urban chickens. Some of their reasons for keeping chickens in the city include fresh eggs, a source of organic garden compost and gaining a closer relationship to the food they eat. It's illegal in the City of Plattsburgh to raise livestock, including chickens. But cities throughout the state, including Buffalo, Rochester, Saratoga Springs and New York City allow residents to raise chickens in their backyards. Todd Moe spoke with forum organizer Anne Lenox Barlow, who is an avid gardener and local food advocate.  Go to full article

Growing fruits and veggies in the city

For decades, people in cities have relied on farmers in rural areas to grow the fruits and vegetables we eat. But a new generation of farmers says there's no reason to keep agriculture out of the urban core. Ann Dornfeld reports.  Go to full article
Linda Nellet brought a few of her birds to a backyard-chicken seminar in Chicago.
Linda Nellet brought a few of her birds to a backyard-chicken seminar in Chicago.

City chickens and urban eggs

Maybe it's easy to imagine chickens cooing and clucking on American farms, but how about in big-city backyards? Well, keeping chickens is legal in the nation's three largest cities, but in one of them, chicken-lovers nearly lost that right. Shawn Allee tells how some urban chicken-keepers were nearly caught off guard, and how they plan to keep their chickens in the coop.  Go to full article
<i>Inlet Cabins</i> by Lynn Wood
Inlet Cabins by Lynn Wood

Kingston artist finds beauty in the ordinary

Artist Lynn Woods says most of her inspiration comes from streets, buildings, and storefronts in cities and small towns. Woods lives and paints in Kingston, NY. Her artwork includes urban scenes such as neglected houses, factories and empty streets. Some of it's on display this month at the Old Forge Library where Ellen Rocco met up with her recently. Lynn Woods has vacationed in the Adirondacks with her family for years.  Go to full article
Debbie Braeu's nursery and landscaping business sells native water lilies. They  encourage buying only native plants for water gardens. (Photo by Chris Julin)
Debbie Braeu's nursery and landscaping business sells native water lilies. They encourage buying only native plants for water gardens. (Photo by Chris Julin)

Water Gardens a Route for New Invasives

You can hear frogs croaking and chirping in the middle of a city these days. You can see cattails and water lilies out your window even if you live nowhere near a lake. Water gardens are all the rage. But some scientists are warning that we have to be careful with our gardens. If plants or animals get out of a backyard pond, they can endanger native species. the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Chris Julin reports.  Go to full article

Hidden Costs of Sprawl

Even if you don't live in an upscale suburb in a sprawling metropolitan area, you're likely paying to support that suburb. Economists and urban planners find there are hidden costs that are not paid by the people who live in those suburbs. Instead, much of the costs are paid by the majority of us who don't live there. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports.  Go to full article

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