Crossed over into the US and headed south through New York State on Tuesday .Stopped to stretch legs in Syracuse a city with some magnificent buildings but which like so many US cities has seen much better days.The city centre is blighted .The main shops have moved out to the out of town mall,Destiny USA (can you think of a sillier name for a
mall ?)Unemployment is chronic.The city centre is full of very bored,wasted people .Even the Farmer's Market stall holders accept govt food stamps in payment.
But the city council is ready for the future. Ignoring the fact that there is probably not even one electric car in Syracuse they have installed a very impressive row of 20 electric charging stations in a main city car park .
A cynic would say that somewhere along the line they have got their priorities muddled...