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Old 05-16-2012, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Deep in the Woods
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So I'm working with a guy this week, who spent 8 years in Syracuse between undergrad and grad school, and left due to hating snow. I told him that I was looking at the area as a potential relocation spot. He told me that he could sum up the city as kinda a frontier town. He said "North of Syracuse is basically one unbroken forest all the way to the Arctic Circle. Its complete wilderness and few people realize it. Its a frontier town." It was the strangest, most interesting way I've ever heard of someone describing the city. He happens to be a major hippie who followed the Dead around for years and lived in the woods all over the country, so he has peculiar perspectives on life in general.

Coming home and looking at satellite images, I can kinda see what he means. Other than Watertown and Ottawa, and some small town/farming areas, it appears to be basically wilderness that stretches to the Arctic Circle! Anyone else see the city this way? Just curious.
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Old 05-16-2012, 06:48 PM
 
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That is new. I can see that once you get out of Onondaga County or the Central Square area of southern Oswego County. I used to make that drive back and forth on I-81 between Liverpool and Fort Drum. You would sometimes see deer and other animals crossing the highway in Oswego or Jefferson counties. Oswego and Fulton are the other places north of Onondaga County that you may notice on the satellite view.
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Old 05-17-2012, 09:50 AM
 
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I've seen quite a few coyotes in my visits up there. Especially walking along or crossing I-81 near Cortland. Fox too.
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Old 05-17-2012, 12:06 PM
 
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I've seen quite a few coyotes in my visits up there. Especially walking along or crossing I-81 near Cortland. Fox too.
I'm not surprised. I remember seeing deer and occasionally a fox going up Onondaga Hill near Seneca Turnpike. Syracuse University's South Campus gets quite a few deer too.
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Old 05-17-2012, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Armory Square
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Does that make Montreal a "frontier" town?
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Old 05-17-2012, 04:39 PM
 
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Does that make Montreal a "frontier" town?

I was just thinking that as well. Might as well add Minneapolis and Vancouver while we're at it. Detroit may also qualify.
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Old 05-17-2012, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in America
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He must have been smoking a lot of something when he was following the Dead around. The only frontier town I've ever heard of in NY was an old amusement park off exit 29 on the Northway. It was actually called Frontier Town.

Steve Gross' Frontier Town, North Hudson, NY Web Site

Frontier Town
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Old 05-17-2012, 07:33 PM
 
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Pulaski might qualify. North Syracuse is congested enough that I wouldn't live there. My town of 30K feels sparse in comparison.

North Syracuse is home to the most-populated high school in the entire metro area- and the second biggest is in the next town over.
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