Community over competition

The collaborative spirit that infuses Rochester’s thriving coffee scene offers a lesson for all businesses.

Poverty is killing us

Financial stress drives health inequities that undermine wellness and increase early mortality more than any other single cause. In our region, the toll in added health care expenses and lost economic productivity tops $1 billion annually.

Why leaders should avoid the ego trap

Whether in business or government, ego-driven leaders focus on short-term, selfish gain versus the long-term, common good. Effective, ethical leadership is grounded in empathy and caring.

To STEM or not to STEM? That is not the question

Science, technology, engineering and math students should actively pursue non-STEM coursework just as much as non-STEM students should engage deeply in the STEM disciplines. Incorporating synthesis and analysis is key to a well-rounded college education.

Parcel 5: a historic opportunity

Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed a number of Rochester’s parks, understood the role that public space could play in nurturing a more democratic society that is based on freedom and equality. We need a transparent and inclusive approach to deciding the future of the former Midtown parcel.

A closer look at student performance in city schools

Within upstate urban school districts, there are relatively large differences between the best- and worst-performing schools. In Rochester, some charter schools—but not all—outperform those operated by school districts.

A serious flaw in Rochester 2034

One goal of the new draft comprehensive plan is to make neighborhoods more vibrant by increased residential density. But unless parking requirements are maintained, this would drive out higher-income residents who can afford the oversize 19th century homes that lend character to center city.

The way forward for upstate businesses

Deindustrialization left our region with a rich and storied history, but no clear path to the future. Now, the founders of globally competitive local companies are showing how to leverage the research and talent that sets upstate apart.