The City of Syracuse’s Community Streets program gives you the opportunity to turn your ideas for street improvements into temporary “popup” projects: projects that you design and install with City input and approval. Pop-up projects are typically in place for between one day and six months.

This webpage is here as your resource. Explore the step-by-step guidebook and application form, look for inspirations from past studies and other cities’ programs, and find the detailed guides and data you will need to develop a project of your own!

An Open Q&A session was held on December 19, 2023, at which community members and groups were able to ask questions about the program and discuss specific ideas for projects with SMTC staff, Adapt CNY volunteers, and staff from the City of Syracuse. A recording of the Q&A session can be found below.

The Community Streets Program was discussed at the November 30, 2023 Forum on Active Transportation (FOAT). A recording of that presentation and question session can be found on our YouTube channel. The presentation begins at the 40-minute mark.

Please review the application questions in the PDF below. Final applications may either be submitted through the online application form, or you may email a completed version of the PDF to contactus@smtcmpo.org.

All projects must take into consideration design standards, traffic volumes, and the space available.

Please complete the Cost Estimate Worksheet below and email it to contactus@smtcmpo.org.

The below design and material guides have been developed for other tactical urbanism projects and may be used as reference to better understand what materials you may be interested in using. Also, for inspiration, please see existing plans from across the City and similar pop-up programs running in other cities across Upstate New York further down this page.

To help kickstart the Community Streets Program, Adapt CNY will be working alongside the City of Syracuse and the SMTC to select up to three projects for the first year to fund. Only these sponsored projects will be considered as part of this pilot year. Check out the information sheet below!

While you do not need to complete the documents below in order to submit your project application, all approved projects will need to submit at least one, if not all, of the permits and waivers below depending on the level of need your project calls for. Staff from the City and SMTC will inform you which documents you will need to complete before your project can be installed.

Syracuse is not alone in its quest to improve streets for all users. Both Rochester and Albany have on-going pop-up programs aimed at demonstrating safer street design in their neighborhoods. Take a look to find inspiration and help you plan your own project!