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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Urban Journal

Re: “The urban balancing act: residents vs. developers

What I find extremely telling is that the HIDEOUS "College Town" is not mentioned as a problem.
In essence the corridor out of the city into Henrietta has been RUINED by the college town buildings.

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Posted by Jennifer Valentine on 06/08/2014 at 6:30 PM

Re: “The urban balancing act: residents vs. developers

I really wish people would speak the truth. The forensic units at the rochester psychiatric center have been in place for decades. I find this misinformation extremely irritating!

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Posted by Jennifer Valentine on 06/08/2014 at 6:26 PM

Re: “The urban balancing act: residents vs. developers

Yeah and where is Mayor Warren? She has proposed something in complete odds with what the Charlotte community wants or needs and has ignored both the issues affecting the neighborhoods around Highland Hospital and the Rochester Pysch Center... guess it was these neighborhoods she did not intend to look out for and assist when she was campaigning. Damn shame!

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Posted by Concerned Resident on 06/06/2014 at 10:23 AM

Re: “The urban balancing act: residents vs. developers

Mayor Lovely Warren seems oblivious to the fact that this port development project is happening at the very site of the fast ferry fiasco. Nobody wants a repeat! We all WANT to believe. But can you blame us for remembering High Falls and the soccer stadium. Medley Center seems a constant reminder that developers often don't walk the talk. Say what you will about Bob Duffy, but I for one never got tired of him constantly repeating how much he loved Rochester.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 06/06/2014 at 5:48 AM

Re: “The urban balancing act: residents vs. developers

People are not going to travel into the City of Rochester to spend money on looking at trees or open space are they ? City population has declined from 300,000 to about 210,000 residents while the County of Monroe has increased to about 980,000 residents. The City needs revenue to stay in business and to try to use that revenue money to help create jobs, keep the streets safe and better educate our students. When are you folks in positions of power and influence going to get it right ?

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Posted by crm135790 on 06/04/2014 at 11:11 PM

Re: “The urban balancing act: residents vs. developers

I would be for growth and development if the developers paid for it and the residents benefited. Unfortunately this is not true. In two of these projects there will be no taxes as they are not for profits agencies. At Charlotte the developer is looking for millions in public financing and will get incredible tax breaks. Just look at Erie Harbor a 131 apartment project on Mt. Hope where a $49 million project pays $7624 taxes a year or Plymouth Terrace Apartments where $300,000 townhouses pay $144 in taxes. This is why we can not afford the schools, policing, or neighborhood services we the residents want. This seems like a very high price to pay for the millions we gave to the developers to build both of these projects. It is time we stop building projects which sit half vacant and do nothing to resolve the problems which are destroying our neighborhoods.

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Posted by Alex White on 06/04/2014 at 10:18 PM

Re: “The urban balancing act: residents vs. developers

This is city living. My neighborhood in the suburbs isn't perfect either, but the world doesn't revolve around me. eh hem.
I laugh at the people who live around Highland Hospital. When Highland was planning a new parking garage a few years ago, the residents fought to scale back the size. Now they complain about the on street parking...... duh.
If it's not growing it's dying. Be thankful it's growing.

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Posted by johnny on 06/04/2014 at 8:31 PM

Re: “The urban balancing act: residents vs. developers

No one wants useless parking lots. No one is against development in Charlotte. It needs to be THOUGHTFUL development and not what Edgewater Resources and the mayor is foisting upon the residents.

Housing at the waterfront does nothing for the average visitor. The land should not be sold to a private developer. Its use for the 2.8 acre spot should focus on providing something for visitors -- not for the profits of a private developer (especially one with little experience).

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Posted by SaveCharlotteNow.com on 06/04/2014 at 6:44 PM

Re: “The urban balancing act: residents vs. developers

Martin, I think the overall point is clear: Mayor Warren is faced with three major "neighborhood" issues, that residents in each of those neighborhoods are rightly concerned about, and has an opportunity to make good on campaign promises.

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Posted by J on 06/04/2014 at 1:21 PM

Re: “The urban balancing act: residents vs. developers

I spent two hours walking around Charlotte on Sunday including walking the length of the Riverway trail from the cemetery to the beach. If that was the only view of Charlotte you had you might agree with your assertion that residents have 'worked hard' to preserve the area. But then I walked back along Lake and I saw dilapidated houses, two tattoo parlors, smoke shops, biker bars, boarded up buildings...and very little else.
The City did the heavy lifting involved in creating Turning Point Park and the Riverway Trail. Charlotte needs thoughtful development, not parking lots.
And it is completely illogical to compare the three development projects you mention. They are completely different. Rereading this piece I really don't understand your point beyond 'development bad, status quo good'.

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Posted by Martin Edic on 06/04/2014 at 9:41 AM

Re: “The US, the super-rich, and the Great Society

Current levels of inequality are a direct result of Fed policies and trade deals, neither of which enjoy the support of the general public by a large margin - Left, Right, or Center. In short, they are a direct result of corrupt Government for sale to the highest bidder, both sides of the aisle. Only social issues separate the two major parties, and that has nothing to do with financial, trade or tax policy.

Most of the current stock market gains are a result of leveraged buy-backs on a grand scale, intended more to bolster executive compensation than any other reason.

Consider this, high levels of inequality are only a problem if you're at the bottom end of things. The economy is not broken, its working exactly as intended by those in a position to directly influence it.

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Posted by Martin J on 06/02/2014 at 2:03 PM

Re: “The US, the super-rich, and the Great Society

Perhaps Mitt Romney would have been the better choice. Prejudice against the super-rich CAN backfire. I just wish he paid higher taxes. He probably would've gotten more votes.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 05/23/2014 at 2:03 PM

Re: “The US, the super-rich, and the Great Society

the word "society" in todays world. well, when the 'well off' refer to the poor in a negative way they say "society" doesnt approve. For example, "society" is the 'well off 'and everyone else, the poor are not part of this "society" in fact it seems to mean that "society" are the total of the country and everyone else, the poor are not rteally citizens at all. Its what "society" thinks about the poor. They hate them and blame them for things. Blame the victims punish the victims. The poor are not seen as part of "society" Im not taking about the very rich, just the 'well off'. People who dont understand or know what its like to be poor. Maybe they are not meant to understand. But it set them apart. Segregates them. I think these people within the so called "society" are more socialiy isolated than the poor. The poor have to look after and care for the poor. No one else will. The poor should stop looking to the govenment or the rich to help them. They wont. As a poor person I have a "responsibility" to look out for other poor people. Coz I understand.

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Posted by sonya ash pryor on 05/23/2014 at 12:14 PM

Re: “The US, the super-rich, and the Great Society

Where's the justice in a former corporate lawyer and political spouse pulling down a cool five million dollars in the past year for "speaking" (something the rest of us do every day for nothing)? Yet this newspaper will ostentatiously champion her cause in 2016 and pronounce it a victory for wymynkind.

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Posted by b.d.g. on 05/23/2014 at 9:40 AM

Re: “Segregation forever

Make Parents responsible for their Children. The Majority of the RCSD students have no Parental Control as determined by their behavior. Manners Respect and the difference between right and wrong are not being taught or enforced by the Parents of the children we are trying to educate. We need to segregate students who are unruly and spoil the RCSD for others. Special internment facilities were intensive education can be instilled on the Students who are not Educational because of faulty Parents. Remove the Parent out of the equation orif they chose accept a role in thier childrens education. Simple huh? If you cannot speak proper English how can you prepare your child to learn? If you do not teach your child manners then how are they going to be responsible citizens? Stop coddling the Parents. Hold them responsible for their failure as Parents. Why should we tolerate a segment of Society that refuses to be apart of our collective society and doesn't want to make any effort to improve themselves.

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Posted by Jimmy65 on 05/22/2014 at 3:43 PM

Re: “The US, the super-rich, and the Great Society

By and large, the super-rich—from Buffett, to Wall Street, to the New York Times's billionaire owners, to Hollywood and Silicon Valley—are liberal Democrats who support the same causes and candidates the editorial writer does. Sometimes it's prudent to be careful what we wish for.

Contrary to the editorial, unfortunately, you do need some grasp of economics to make sense of Piketty’s theory and its flaws. Common sense will suffice, however, to recognize that the Obama regime's zeal in pandering to rich white environmentalist ideologues and other so-called "progressive" interests—let alone the health care debacle—has produced nothing but stagnation, joblessness, dependency, and misery.

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Posted by b.d.g. on 05/21/2014 at 11:21 PM

Re: “The US, the super-rich, and the Great Society

Well, under Obama rule the rich have gotten richer and the number of poor has swelled. Middle class shrank.

So....your solution is more of these same policies?

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Posted by johnny on 05/21/2014 at 6:22 PM

Re: “The US, the super-rich, and the Great Society

The government has helped the 1% get where they are! The question is how people will react to the facts. Will they demand political action from our leaders!

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Posted by joe on 05/21/2014 at 3:17 PM

Re: “Can anyone 'turn around' a Rochester high school?

Somebody who doesn't work, has very little education, hasn't been taught the difference between wrong and right by their single mother parent, and has children. Probably doesn't know that they should participate in their child's education. Until we fix the family we won't be able to fix the schools. Successive generations have proven this. We are bound to fail if we allow this to proceed.

We need shame school. Children whose parents fail to be involved in the education of their children should be segregated to special schools or containment facilities until the time that the parents teach their children manners courtesy and respect and show some level of involvement in their child's education so as to not spoil the whole system for those that properly raise their children. In my neighborhood the children that cause the most trouble are the children of Parents who make little or no effort to raise them. One more year until I have saved enough money to leave our city. I won't be looking back either. I will fire all my employees, sell all my properties and leave this god forsaken place.

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Posted by Jimmy65 on 05/19/2014 at 6:11 PM

Re: “Can anyone 'turn around' a Rochester high school?

Some would argue that, in addition to RCSD's 9-12 students being beyond educability, RCSD itself is beyond repair. Read about a couple of successful strategies for urban districts at http://www.thinkingaboutmomming.com/2014/0…

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Posted by Elizabeth Laidlaw on 05/15/2014 at 8:47 AM

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