This needs to be treated like a serious health issue. Instead of simply addressing the noticeable symptoms, we need to get the the root of the problem. And that would be the simply fact we live in a throw away society because it is convenient and landfills are usually out of sight and out of mind.
It seems we had it right to begin with...before plastic. Remember glass milk bottles that were returned, washed and reused?
It would be great if Elmwood Ave could be made safer for bicyclists. The 30MPH speed limit is totally ignored by most drivers and the shoulder is narrow.
These are a great idea, but I don't know why we need to pay a design firm to identify them. I ride to work and all over the city, and I pretty quickly identified by riding on them which streets would make good "Bike Boulevards". For example, Harvard St instead of Park, Pearl instead of Monroe, Averill and Meigs instead of Alexander and Goodman. Just look at a map and you can easily identify your own bike boulevards.
Buffalo has one of these that is pretty nice http://buffalorising.com/2012/09/linwood-avenue_-_the-bigger-picture/
Bicycle boulevards for Rochester, NY will be a major jump forward in making Rochester a bicycle friendly community. These boulevards will increase bicycle safety and help make active transportation (walking and bicycling) a real transportation option in our city. They will increase the value of homes, promote a healthier lifestyle, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and overall make Rochester an even more pleasant place to live.
The program has an 85 t0 90 % drop out rate and the reasons are unclear? In science you do experiments and learn from them and try to make progress by designing new experiments. It's not satisfactory that the reasons are unclear. The experiment may have failed but the fact that nothing was learned is the bigger failure. Are we just wasting time and money? If someone from the U of R or RIT or David Cay Johnson studied the program would their results also be unclear?
I'm just glad it's already been designated a landmark, so that particular fight is off the table.
I like WILLSVOICE's idea of a school of Journalism and New Media. I like that idea as a Rochester City School located in the former printing press area. If residents of the building had priority in regards to being able to choose that school, we might be able to develop a micro-community of highly-skilled, highly-educated people who would like to stay downtown be able to because their children could go to a school they had decent access to.
And, based on the experience at SOTA, we can see what happens when we aggregate a large percentage of middle and upper class families in one school - we can buck the poor trend the other schools are suffering (for reasons beyond just missing that demographic).
We've got to find ways to duplicate the SOTA model - which isn't necessarily to offer a SOTA2, but to find a way to get middle/upper-class families to send their kids to an RCSD school in large enough numbers to pull the less-advantaged students up instead of the other way around. Trust me; it ain't the arts, it ain't the faculty (who are great, but no better or worse than most other schools in our district), it's the families (and especially the parents).
Perhaps a school of journalism and new media , along with a branch of Gannett's Newseum, funded by the Gannett Foundation, would be a goos use of the building?
First of all, Gannett began to diminish it's footprint in downtown Rochester years ago, despite the D&C Editorial Page articles on downtown revival, first moving to Roslyn, VA, across the Potomac River from Washington,DC, and then out to the sprawing, grid-locked outer burbs of Fairfax,VA, and the D&C printing facility to a suburban office park in Greece. They are hardly still a Rochester company, as identified by local television media during their daily stock market reports. Second, make no mistake about it, an empty building will make a very large hole at a critical downtown intersection. Secondly, there is no mention of the proposed Rochester Canal District, where the Gannett Building is located. This area designation might just help give a marketing edge to any new tenant should the Canal District plan ever be adopted by the City of Rochester and a strategic planning and investment effort gain momentum.
Faith Temple is currently located on Elmwood Avenue in Brighton. They bought the property next to Buckland Park with the intention of building a new sanctuary, school, and senior housing. But that hasn't been built yet and church officials plan to pursue a different approach. That's why they want to sell the land.
I'm a bit confused... Faith Temple Church doesn't seem to be next to Buckland Park at all.
Thank you Josh Fox!
Thanks for catching that HC. It will be corrected.
These are Wilson Foundation students not Wilson Commencement.
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Thanks for following up on this, Mr. Moule. It's a terrible shame that Empire State Development has apparently decided to just run out the clock on the benefits, rather than claw them back. I'm pretty sure the EZ law, flawed as it was, permits removing businesses from the program. Shocking, really, that they are willing to allow maybe millions more in refunds to flow to this developer.
I will quibble with your phrasing that the developer is getting reimbursed "in a way." It's really more direct than that -- on the annual reports the company files, property taxes and PILOT payments are a category of reimbursable expense from the EZ program. There is no doubt that NYS is refunding these payments explicitly.
@J, totally with you on StartUp NY. Why the governor thinks it is revolutionary to basically resurrect the EZ program is beyond me. I wonder what tax free moochers we will be outraged about in 10 years?
Has anyone thought about putting Irondequoit Mall on pontoons and using it to bring in tourists from Canada?
Wise woman. We'd do well to listen to people like her a little more and stop talking so damn much.
What about achieving marriage equality, not simply removing blocks to it? What about housing, jobs, health services, culture, etc. We have a LONG way to go people. Don't go sit on the couch yet.
There is a grammatical error in this piece. "Polls," are surveys or votes. "Poles," can be used to lift a sleeping teacher's wig off of her.
Utterly disgusting... Corporate welfare at it's finest.
This is the ugly result when governments start picking winners, and gimmicks like Empire Zones and "START-UP NY" are put into law instead of simply lowering taxes across the board and allowing the free market to work. I think David Cay Johnston might have something to say about this...
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