@Animule: The out-of-wedlock birthrate in the city has plummeted to historic lows.
Not one mention here of the ridiculous out of wedlock birth rate in the city or the pathetic city school district attendance rate - two huge reasons why many city residents are worse off then 50 years ago.
Wow. Great to see an in-depth piece from Mark Hare in City. Thanks for the clear thinking and excellent writing.
I'll add another ten. Wait until gasoline costs $10 per gallon, and the suburbanites will be lining up to buy homes in the city.
In the Democrat and Chronicle David Gantt says " that some think we are still on the plantation" to paraphrase his words. This is exactly the kind of thing that some are still debating in Rochester to this day. Now, Mr. Gantt was speaking about politics in Rochester and the "fight" for District Seats in Rochester and Monroe County. Yet...these kind of statements are a great example of the reverse "racism" and the on-going racism among blacks and whites...the two major races in Rochester Monroe County. These words by anyone are hurtful and unnecessary in 2014. Shame on you David Gantt !!!
And, I use my name and address as I am not afraid to hide behind anonymity.
Yes it does Rochester Musician... I never lock my doors while driving and am not afraid to go to any section of Rochester and have lived in the worst of areas. And, have continued to try and bring both sides together.
Craig, so if someone is concerned about one's safety in areas of the city known to be high in crime, that means they are racist? I really don't think that's a good conclusion.
Using the terms "them", "poor", or "their" was for writing purposes and to make a point that all of us use these words that are hurtful and in affect "racist". More so, the reasons for being able to drive through most Towns in Monroe County without fear is because of wealth,education and self respect in those communities for the most part. If one locks his / her doors or tries to not stop at traffic light... then he / she would be... out of fear... racist. Why are you afraid ?
Craig R. Moffitt
I thought it was great, the "cerebral palsy" scene had me rolling. I mean rolling.
I am becoming a big Leonardo fan, after the great Gatsby, I will always watch anything he does..he rocks.
Racism does exist but it exists as much on the blacks part as whites. When I go into parts of the city like Genesee-Jefferson, Jay-Orchard and Lyell Avenue, I lock the doors and try to not get stopped at lights, even if it means running red ones. There's a reason for that. It's not because I'm paranoid, it's because the people there view me with suspicion and hostility. I'm not one of "Them" because of the color of my skin and never will be. Jay-Orchard is ranked in the top 10 most violent neighborhoods in the NATION. Now we can either pretend that the problems are all external and not their fault, or they can do what they should and take responsibility. If I don't want to go through Lyell or Conkey Ave., there's a reason. I don't want to be the victim of essentially an urban terrorist attack. I shouldn't have to. I can go through any neighborhood in Chili, Brighton, Pittsford, Penfield or Fairport without a problem. Why is that? Answer that for me and perhaps I'll consider your views.
It troubles me that " racism" still exists in 2014, in Rochester, and in our Country. With poverty comes lack of education, moral values; and, street survival skills that are not acceptable or advisable to our young people throughout Rochester and Monroe County. Yes...by the way there is poverty in Monroe County. Is it "their" fault that they are "poor" or their fault that children live in poverty as well as their parents in Rochester-Monroe County... no it is not. Any wise leader or political power holder should recognize that our investments in affordable homes, education, safety and jobs are the keys to all of our futures.
However, I am not too happy about celebrating mass destruction of my city at all of our expenses. However, it is good to study and learn from all of our mistakes. Today we can work together; that being, the County of Monroe and the City of Rochester. There are 900,000 residents in the County and 210, 000 residents within the City Limits. The majority of the City are Democrat and the majority of the County of Monroe are Republican...do you see a pattern ? I do and I have consistently tried to get both sides together to no "good" end. It is more about money than it is about race. When this changes...then we will have an equal playing field. In 1964 I was eight years old and now I am fifty-eight years old. I know what it is like to be poor and "shut-out' because of my age but I will never know the feeling of being "shut-out" because of my skin color. Only those that were there at the time know that feeling and will never forget. I will also not ever forget.
Craig R. Moffitt
81 Finnegan Way
The big problem is a lack of civic engagement in the black community. People rather sit on their hands and complain that "the city", the mayor, the police, the schools, "do something" to "fix" the problems> Too much of the time, they neglect individual responsibility. If your son gets arrested, it's not the police's fault necessarily. What was your son doing that got him arrested? There has to be some evidence for the police to arrest. "The police shouldn't have done that." Maybe he shouldn't have committed a crime. When you have a 22-year-old with a 50-year-old grandmother, there's another problem. Girls need to not think they should have children when they're 14. They should be in school.
Just give it up already! People have and will always smoke pot whether it is legal or not. I can probably buy pot with a few phone calls on any day in Rochester. It's not crappy brick weed smuggled in by dangerous drug cartels, it's high-quality bud that is probably grown in New York State.
It blows my mind that doctors can still give out legal heroin and meth (pain pills and Adderall), but pot is still vilified. To use a crusty cliche, the cat is already out of the bag. It's legal in Colorado and Washington, just legalize it and tax it already!
"I wish Governor Cuomo would stop treating us like children." How about former NYC mayor Bloomberg's failed attempt to ban 32 ounce sodas, and current mayor deBlasio's plan to impose the ban again? New York is not the Empire State anymore; it's the Nanny State.
The criminal element that supplies Marijuana will continue to cultivate it and sell it. It will continue to be unregulated and untaxed. Maybe for the better. Those that currently smoke will still have access to it. The Police will arrest the few offenders that fall through the cracks and the drop in the bucket will continue. We will pay for the minorities in the community that get caught in the bucket that is the drug war to go to prison.
NYS still has way too many smokers. Why are cigarettes still legal here? Why does the tobacco industry support e-cigarettes? Look, both cigarettes and marijuana contain all sorts of chemical compounds. And vaping is a gateway to smoking; whatever the high someone's after.
I wish Governor Cuomo would stop treating us like children. What a waste of money that NYS is spending on all those grotesque tv ads of people coughing and of those ravaged by cancer. Cigarettes are taxed so incredibly high and people still won't give them up. Why not some positive incentives? How about raising the minimum wage for non-smokers? They're worth more!
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