5 thoughts on “Low-budget transformation

  1. Mr Glaser is on target. The current City of Rochester NY is only interested in large expensive projects that probably will not be used by the public (e. g., Roc the River Broad Street Conversion); cover up the Genesee River (e. g., the new housing at Court/Woodbury & South Avenue; and expensive. This is not to say Monroe County is any better than the City administration. Most of the buildings between Clinton Ave. & South Ave. are still unoccupied.
    Simple, relatively inexpensive improvements enhance the quality of life for most residents of most cities rather than large projects which receive various tax incentives.

  2. Good points! Being a relatively newcomer to Rochester I see an “interesting” suburban/urban split. I have heard/overheard stories of people not feeling safe in Rochester after dark. Then there is the problem of parking. Being rector of a downtown parish, we are at times hampered in our growth because of parking and some cultural dis-ease with city culture.

    I’ve lived in a variety of communities from NYC, Brooklyn, the mid-Hudson valley that have overcome far greater obstacles to civic development, so I know what is possible. Thank you for inspiring us to be the best community possible for all.

  3. Agreed. I think we should turn Parcel 5 into a green space that can be used year round. In winter-stage a winter festival. During the rest of the year, inviting benches and green spaces and an area for stagingb events would draw people to this wonderful space.

  4. Kudos for these suggestions, and specifically your efforts with the Main & Gibbs crosswalks. While some may discount these 3 ideas as simplistic or not impactful enough, the key (for all of us) is to simply do SOMETHING. Every little thing not only has an impact, but it also has a ripple effect. Does “beautification” solve our economic development challenges? No. But will our economic development efforts stand a chance if we’re not beautiful… or fun… or cultured. This is the connection you understand. In an age without a Kodak or Xerox to “fix” everything top down, it is these types of grassroots, incremental ideas and efforts that will continue to move us forward.

  5. I love the idea of a public space, grass would be a way to start, but I would envision something more European with path stones set in interesting patterns with lots of benches and fountains or sculptures so the space could be enjoyed year round, even if there’s nothing specific happening.

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