Brian Milburn 
Member since Nov 8, 2012

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Re: “We don’t need a park on the Midtown site

Maybe for ideas of what we could put there, we should look to the past. This stretch of Main Street used to consist of densely platted buildings with actual establishments in them, which can be seen here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BFoywtLI_Qn/?t…

And, MLK Park does a pretty poor job of being a venue, for one huge reason: there's nothing around MLK Park. It's a dead area. So people might go there for Parties in the Park, but leave immediately afterwards because there is simply nothing else to do immediately adjacent to MLK.

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Posted by Brian Milburn on 07/20/2016 at 6:32 PM

Re: “Panel offers hard truths for Rochester

To be honest, if we have leaders who are set on maintaining the City of Rochester as a large, car-focused office complex with a few luxury apartments, then the City is gonna stay that way.

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Posted by Brian Milburn on 03/23/2016 at 11:52 AM

Re: “Panel offers hard truths for Rochester

"... creating a public space on the Main Street bridge overlooking the river..."

We used to have our own Ponte Vecchio - buildings lining both side of the Main St bridge. Then in the 1950s and 1960s, cars/modernism/lunacy took over, and we got rid of it. You can compare the bridge, past vs. present, here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BDOCUUWI_Qc/?t…

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Posted by Brian Milburn on 03/23/2016 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Skatepark could be homeless again

A huge chunk of Rochester's vitality - for attracting people - was destroyed when the old, popular Front Street was demolished and replaced with the Charles Carroll Plaza. Front Street was a bustling corridor of dense buildings that provided many establishments for Rochesterians.

Right now, the city is seemingly marginalizing and trivializing what is a valid recommendation for bringing vitality back to the area. The City also seems to perceive itself as a large office complex, where a skate park "does not belong." Unfortunately, all this does is keep the City deadened and un-peopled.

Cities are for everybody, and not for limited demographics. This is especially important to keep in mind if Rochester wants to keep Millennials around (many of whom grew up skateboarding, and still do). Giving them even less reason to live/be in Rochester is a bad long-term plan.

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Posted by Brian Milburn on 03/02/2016 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Cameras will help 'stranded' cyclists

Awesome! I'm wondering how many miles of boulevard have been established so far; and is there a timeline somewhere showing when all 53 miles would be completed?

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Posted by Brian Milburn on 01/06/2016 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Seligman’s very big plan for the very big deal

Crittenden Road is an abysmal and dead-end idea. The area is heavily car-focused, and with increasing numbers of workers functioning off alternative/active transportation, a Crittenden location just doesn't work as a long-term notion.

Sibley is a GREAT choice. The public realm and Main Street of Rochester needs a huge revitalization infusion, and a revamping in terms of transportation and place-making design. The City of Rochester is already making plans for redesigning East Main to focus less on cars and more on other means of transportation (google up the recent East Main Arts & Market Plan). The choice of Sibley would particularly dovetail with such plans, especially as more people of the younger working generation move to the Southeast Quadrant, them being not exactly fans of car ownership. The Southeast Quadrant would become even more of a fantastic place to work, play, and eat, with less cars cluttering up the whole place (tell me about it, I live in the SE Quadrant and bike-commute to my workplace of RIT on the nearby Genesee Riverway Trail and have everything easily accessible by bike at home - it's heaven).

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Posted by Brian Milburn on 08/06/2015 at 11:33 AM

Re: “NOTA's renaissance

East Main definitely needs to go on a road diet. I'm always leery being there, whenever I'm on my motorcycle, bicycle, or my two feet.

And, awesome to see NOTA growing like this. :D

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Posted by Brian Milburn on 06/17/2015 at 11:44 AM

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