This article bends over backwards to be apologetic to the police department as if both sides have equal arguments for their actions. The police actions are clearly not justified in this instance. Customers may have had to walk around a crowd of young men, but none were prevented from going in the store of leaving the store.
Not only did one police officer arrest these young men, but several police officers participated in the arrest meaning, to me, that the actions of the police were systematic and that none of the officers questioned the lead officers actions.
This could be considered an isolated incident if not for
--The arrest of Benny Warr by police for waiting at a bus stop. He was thrown to the ground and pulled out of his wheelchair by arresting officers.
--The Arrest of Willie Lightfoot by the RPD for DWI when he confronted officers beating a detained man. He was at his barbershop and not operating a motor vehicle at the time.
--The arrest of Emily Good for filming the police stopping a young black man.
--The retaliation against Emily Good supporters by systematically ticketing their vehicles outside the Flying Squirrel Community Center.
and countless other incidents.
The reason there is such a prevalent no snitching policy among Rochester residents is because if you talk to the police you will get beaten and/or arrested and whatever help you were trying to give will backfire. The police know that your poor, disadvantaged and no one will believe your story unless you recorded it.
I expect more from my local paper when covering stories of this nature. You've disappointed me and many other people City Newspaper.
I'm not sure if you meant to write it like this, but this is worded terribly racist.. especially the following lines: "All of us in the Rochester community need to confront the issue of black teenagers downtown. We need a solution – and it can't be to simply remove the kids. They have as much right to be on Main Street as anybody.
They also have as much responsibility as anybody to behave properly. And it's the behavior problem that we haven't figured out how to deal with."
"The issue of black teenagers...." Wow, even your code fell apart and your racism is naked, Ms. Towler.
"confront the issue of black teenagers downtown. "
Are you serious? I guess white teenagers never cause problems, downtown or in other places.
If you want to know what unbridled capitalism can do, ask a Chinese worker who dreams of buying a Buick, whose parents dreamed of buying a refrigerator, and whose grandparents dreamed of not starving to death.
Oh, and ask her if she gives a fig about "inequality".
BC LIKES CITY!
Thank you City Newspaper!
God bless unbridled capitalism, and don't knock it till you've tried it. It has not been tried in the USA for a very long time — much less in New York State.
Economic growth is the only way to improve material well-being, and for the last half-decade it's been virtually non-existent thanks to Prof. Obama's disastrous incompetence and extremist anti-growth ideology.
Meanwhile, politicians pour a TRILLION of your hard-earned dollars every year into welfare programs that accomplish nothing but to perpetuate poverty!
The only solution for these circumstances is for citizens to WISE UP!
Mental illness: smashing the stigma
You could not persuade me to direct a “stigma,” I find it offensive that you do. (See rape/stigma for why.)
It matters that you direct a stigma on your pages. Women ordered us to stop directing it at rape, you continue victimizing another group, the lesson somehow lost.
Harold A. Maio, retired Mental Health Editor
Another rocky roll-out. At least no one promised "If you like your curriculum you can keep your curriculum..."
If our paid-for politicians would stop sharing all that tax money with their corporate (capitalist) sponsors, we (the people ... the taxpayers) would have plenty of cash to resolve a lot of social problems. NYS is VERY "business-friendly" ... to the businesses who pay (kickbacks ... not taxes) to play anyway.
Such a waste of money and time. This is progress and the Eastman house is showing anything but progressive ideals. Use the money for this lawsuit and paint the front of the Eastman house. It is in dire need of repair.
So glad you spotlighted this restaurant... they have terrific food (sushi, in my opinion is the best in the city), fun drinks and a great ambiance. I never knew about the happy hour special on rolls, so thanks for that information too. :-)
Do you really think we have "unbridled capitalism" in New York State? The highest-taxed and most business-unfriendly state in America? If there is anywhere that socialism should have solved income disparity it's the tax-and-spend, wealth-redistributor and liberal utopia known as New York. So what is the solution to the problem? Should we "bridle" that pesky capitalism and try to get the population comfortable with the notion of "socialism"?
Sorry, passed laws
This study is misleading. It compares the poverty level in the city of Rochester which has 35 square miles to cities which were able to annex their suburbs and include areas that encompass several hundred square miles.
Older cities in the Northeast passes laws years ago preventing them from expanding.
To be a fair comparison you would have to compute the poverty rate for Rochester and include the inner suburbs because most other cities on the list have spread their city limits out to include them.
A friend of mine is a member. She said they sent a letter out about a year ago begging for more money because they needed to cover operational expenses. And yet they can afford a stupid, frivolous lawsuit? I hope their membership drops like flies.
Eastman House, you just lost a member.
So Chris Matthews has lost the tingle in his leg? I guess it was a pre-existing medical condition which has been cured by the disastrous rollout of Obamacare (among other disappointments).
Kudos to City newspaper for its trenchant analysis of issues relating to the future of our regional core. These issues deserve strong community input, with respect paid to the conclusions.
Our Planning & Zoning Director notes that "we have to serve three categories: workers, residents, and tourism." These categories should not be considered mutually exclusive.
Rather, each of these categories should reinforce each other, making downtown more desirable for workers, residents and tourists alike. Doing this will enhance the tax base. Seeking tax base first will actually undercut tax base growth, by truncating the appeal in each of these categories.
Today’s concepts of “new urbanism” evoke the relative self-sufficiency of olden villages, where a person worked and lived within an easy walk of each other, in an environment appealing to all. “Planned communities,” such as Columbia, Maryland, followed this concept.
Downtown Rochester has this potential, if only it offered a warmer, more human, feel than the straight lines, hard surfaces and over-illumination that define today’s downtown emotional experience.
Older buildings may offer the requisite ambience, as City been foresightedly noting for many decades, as exemplified in the place-making buildings pictured. They don’t build banks like that anymore.
The Cook’s Opera House could once have been restored into an ornate, acoustically excellent 1,000-seat downtown theater for about $2 million. Contrast that with the stated $90 million cost for a downtown roadhouse theater today.
South Water Street, a winding cobblestone street between those two demolished buildings, was an appealing alternative to the normal straight city streets.
This Canaltown project would have restored components of the 1820s Erie Canal through downtown, together with related buildings of that era, with a unique resulting tourism draw. We now watch Buffalo investing in what Rochester once had first.
As noted, the core of this 19th-century riverside complex was destroyed in order to make way for a box of a convention center, which did not have to be located right there. A place for people to congregate was provided, while simultaneously removing a reason for people to come to downtown in the first place.
City landmark laws even today would not have protected this wonderful complex, given a municipal mindset to demolish. The City Code establishes that preservation will not happen on its own merits, but shall conform to external plans for the site. This rather defeats the purpose of landmark legislation.
Other good and important place-makers are routinely at risk today unless this unfortunate loophole is closed in the City Code.
City policy ought to be cherishing and protecting its worthy landmarks, instead of destroying them or allowing abutting projects to diminish the landmark experience.
By capitalizing better on such quality of live issues, city policy could better enhance its ostensible goals of serving “workers, residents, and tourism” in a manner which genuinely reinforces and benefits each of the categories.
Douglas A. Fisher
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