These cameras, with exception of the very first one at Bertina Forde's Crossing, were NEVER about safety. Rather they were a way for the City (aka Big Brother) to sit back and passively collect $$$ from the citizenry. I personally received three of these tickets - two for right on red, and one for not wanting to stop quickly in slippery conditions. I couldn't count the number of times I've either slammed on the brakes to stop and was almost hit from behind, or put the pedal to the floor to beat the light and almost ran into the car in front of me. Thank you Mayor Warren for putting an end to this truly offensive program... whatever your reasoning.
@ City - " mishandled some e-mails"? Mishandled??? Really? C'mon City, you can do better than that. I voted for her, so I share SOME of your dismay and astonishment, but any ordinary Joe who did what she did would be in handcuffs. She knew better, and you should know better too.
@Nick R - "imagine a streetcar that takes you from downtown out to the lakeshore and back, with plenty of stops in between." - We already have that, it's called the "1/1X - Lake".
Please forgive me but I don't understand the obsession with transit. People with disposable income (i.e., the people who spend money on restaurants, retail, arts, etc.) 9 times out of 10 will choose their personal vehicle. Rochester (currently) doesn't have the population, job, or "attraction" density to make transit very appealing or to justify many crosstown, circulator, or "street car" routes (if any). The demand simply isn't there.
As for capitalizing on the river... ABSOLUTELY. Crossroads "Park" is an embarrassment. The city should implement the recent study recommendations ASAP.
There are pockets of activity which are encouraging (Inner Loop project will provide a significant boost), but what downtown desperately needs is more JOBS and MARKET-RATE housing... Kudos to those companies CHOOSING downtown over the 'burbs (CGI, Nothnagle, D&C, ESL, et al.) - THIS is what will transform Rochester!
We love you Fred!
I share your sentiment Mary Anna, however (and not to be a Debbie Downer), I fear that issues, both real and perceived, with the RCSD will remain a hindrance to any long-term, sustained economic development. We really need to start looking at the district as a key piece of the overall economic development puzzle.
Thanks Adam - I provided my input.
And now (at the risk of angering some folks) my unsolicited opinion of the Broad Street aqueduct: Tear the top off (and the walls down) so that traffic would operate on what was once the canal/rail bed. "Why" you ask? Although unquestionably a unique and interesting place created by the elevated Broad Street, the second layer of the aqueduct (where traffic now operates) obstructs what could be a great view of the Freddy-Sue Bridge from Main Street, as well as a view of Main Street from Court Street. I have no doubt that the graffiti artists (and I mean artists in the truest sense of the word as there's some really beautiful, exceptional work down there) will find a new place to go.
The Rose Center is absolutely correct. Genesee Crossroads "Park" is a disgrace and a complete embarrassment to the city... As you walk the length of the "park", non-existent sight-lines keep you wondering if someone will jump out from one of the carved-out seating areas and mug you. I've been hassled by a homeless gentleman there before who walked almost the entire "park" with me asking for money... it's a safety issue, especially since no one else was around - and can you blame them?? What a horrible excuse for a public space. Please Mayor Warren, I realize budgets are tight, but this "park" needs to go ASAP! Level it and start over. Surely there must be some sort of environmental grant available to make it "greener" - similar to what was done at the Civic Center. /rant
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