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Gary -

I used to live there. There was a factory in Syracuse that made stoplights. Maybe the upside down light is some kind of inside joke in Syracuse?

Alan -

I actually know but I am not telling.

Arthur -

I actually know but I am not telling.

Pretty please?

Alan -

Hint - the light is located in an area called Tipperary Hill.

NYCO -

Don't you just love the lovingly detailed sculpture of the l'il hooligans on the street corner? (Did you stop in Tipp Hill, or just drive through?)

Alan -

We missed the sculpture but driving in, half-way from Fulton, we saw the white mobile home with the diagrams of two hunters in dark silhouette aiming at each other. That was sweet.

Gary -

OK, so I didn't live in Syracuse all that long, and the stoplight is upside down because....?

Alan -

It's the green of the Irish on top for an Irish neighbourhood.

UpstateJeff -

Here is a write-up I found on the stoplight:

It looks upside down, but, to those of us that are Irish, it is right. The red represents the British. The Green repersents the Irish. John Ryan was the first to request that they hang the light Green on top. It happened for a short time and then the Government stepped in and made them change the light back. A group of people now called the Stone Throwers, threw stones at the light until it need replacement. After several traffic lights were replaced, the residents of Tipperary Hill approched the City of Syracuse and requested that the light be reversed and stay that way.
There are only a very few of these country wide and one is here in your Back yard. Come and see it, and see the pride that the Tipperary Hill Irish have in there Traffic light.
The Stone Throwers origional group was Jocko Behan, Richie Britt, James "Duke" Coffee, Patrick "Packy" Corbett, Kenny Davis, George Dorsey, Mickis Murphy, Stuggs Short and Eugene Thompson.