SYRACUSE N.Y. (NCC News) – Over this past week, businesses all over Central New York have been closing their doors. One of these businesses set to close is the Starbucks in Armory Square in Downtown Syracuse. Safety concerns are among the many reasons why this location will close its doors. These concerns affect how Syracuse University students spend their money in areas like Downtown Syracuse.
Syracuse University student spending provides over 100 million dollars annually to local economy, however, SU sophomore Jackson Breed isn’t spending his money downtown his parents are happy about that. Breed said his parents were “concerned” after he moved into the city.
“They don’t really approve of me going out too much out at night going around downtown because of the safety concerns so I’ve pretty much been inside recently haven’t been going out downtown,” Breed said.
Off-campus areas like Armory Square in Downtown Syracuse have historically been popular places for students to spend their money. Syracuse University sophomore Zach Mason still goes downtown, but believes being “smart” is the key to staying safe.
“I’d say I still I do choose to eat downtown and I’d just say you have to be smart with it I think every city will have blocks and streets to avoid,” Mason said.
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