Preserving Dunbar

by bethanybump

Adalsa Latty points out the window of his ground-floor office at the Dunbar Center. A snow-speckled South State Street outside is cracked and rundown, cutting through a struggling neighborhood. He drops his hands in despair. He sighs with the force of someone exhausted after a long battle.

“Sometimes when you come here, you see cars lined up from here down to the next block,” Latty says, looking out the window. “They come for service. They get service. I don’t think anybody has ever come here for help and they don’t get it.”

The Dunbar Center is located at 1453 S. State St. in Syracuse, NY. © Bethany Bump

Read the rest of this story I wrote for The Stand, a monthly newspaper covering Syracuse’s South Side. I’ll update soon with another story about how Dunbar’s alumni feel about keeping the center running.