Syracuse isn't Saratoga
Today, Syracuse staggers toward a dim future, feeding off its sick and dying to sustain itself. Marsellus Casket Company’s historic west-side factory, torched and partially gutted by vandals, is being turned into the regional headquarters of an ambulance service. Three of the top six employers in the city are hospitals, and another is an old folks’ home. One of the largest for-profit companies that pays its full tax burden is the defense contractor Lockheed Martin, and they’re dependent on a dwindling military budget. To many, it would appear that Syracuse is, in fact, already dead. In 2010, when bricks from an old tin factory fell onto the northbound lanes of Interstate 81, a highway so integral to Syracuse’s identity as the crossroads of New York State that it’s featured on the city seal, the state transportation department shut down the highway for three whole weeks while they rifled the city’s pockets for cleanup money.