The Gear Factory

September 5, 2012 - 2:20am
After years of moving around, Rick Destito returned to Central New York to try to breathe a new culture into the area by providing a space designated for artists and entrepreneurs.

When he left Central New York 14 years ago, Rick Destito had the same attitude many people still have. He complained about high taxes and the weather, and he yearned to leave town.

When he returned here a few years later, Destito had a new outlook and ideas about how to change people’s perceptions of Syracuse. He wondered if bringing what he admired in other cities to Syracuse could make it a better place to be.