Yesterday we unearthed the classic text "The Social Evil of Syracuse" and brought you stories of the rampant prostitution that has always been a hallmark of Syracuse. However, I fear we might have done you a disservice by not providing some context to the prostitution problem, which Syracuse was undoubtedly trying to fight back against.
What's that? Syracuse wasn't fighting prostitution? Oh my. From Chapter Five, "Street Soliciting and Clandestine Prostitution:"
There is no city ordinance dealing with this evil [prostitution]. There was such an ordinance, but it was repealed; and in effort to replace it on the statute books made in 1907 failed. As a result of this condition street solicitation is openly practiced in defiance of police.
So just to make sure we all have this straight: Syracuse had an anti-prostitution law, repealed it (I'm guessing because their men all looked like Gerry McNamara), and then killed a measure to reinstate it. Around this time the city adopted it's current motto: Syracuse - A bastion of civic virtue since never.
Fun fact: to conduct this portion of the survey the concerned citizens of Syracuse walked down portions of a handful of streets that were considered to be a favorite spot for solicitation. In their research, the found 441 women they believed to be prostitutes. Based on population estimates for Syracuse around the time, that amounts to six out of every 1,000 women in the city. And remember, that doesn't mean that many women were prostitutes, it means that six out of every 1,000 women were working on the street at the moment when our surveyors happened to walk by. Basically, if your grandmother went to Syracuse, it's not hard to guess where the tuition payments were coming from.