This was the year of the public relations maps at the Great New York State Fair. Lots of projects in the state are being backed by federal, state and local money, grants and tax exemptions. Such projects seemingly require showing the public what their governments are spending their tax monies on. The maps also gave me another reason to use the Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Fisheye Lens.
The first map was showing what the Syracuse Inner Harbor could look like within the next five to ten years. COR Development Company was given the contract to get something done in the Inner Harbor earlier this year. An area the City of Syracuse has tried several times before to get developed. The Creekwalk goes right past the Inner Harbor and very little has been done so far. Mostly a little land grading and dredging of the harbor to date.
I sure hope this comes to pass. I might be in the market for one of those condominiums about the time they get them built.
While the Inner Harbor map is looking forward, the next map shows Onondaga Lake. Honeywell is spending millions of dollars to clean up the toxic waste from decades of contamination from the industries which used to line the southern shore. I am optimistic the massive dredging work and the county’s emphasis on saving rain water to lower the volume of water going into the lake works.
Will it work? There are questions as to moving the dredged material to a nearby landfill and what effects it will have in the future.
The next map is a part of New York State Fair history. After a strong and deadly storm swept through the Fairgrounds on Labor Day in 1998, the map below was created for emergency personnel to plan in case of future natural or man-made disasters occurring on the Fairgrounds.
This map shows all the buildings, roads, temporary structures only up for the Fair and even Midway rides.
This last one is not a map but a model of the Wild Walk scheduled to open in 2015 at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, New York. Many people were commenting about this model and how they will be planning on walking among Adirondack tree tops.
I, for one, will be one of those to walk on the wild side.