During the first three decades of the 20th century, perhaps no planning decision proved more vexing to Syracuse city officials than how to deal with having not one, but two major railroad lines running through the heart of their downtown at grade level. This program reviews the great debate that dominated Syracuse citizens during the early 20th century and how the city eventually succeeded of removing the trains from its streets, a 100-year old condition that had made Syracuse a nationwide vaudeville joke.

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