Jim Mayer 
Member since May 2, 2013

Recent Comments

Re: “Finger-pointing won't solve youth fights

Having 1,500 kids transfer through the downtown bus terminal is just a bad idea. It doesn't matter if they are from the poorest section of the city or the richest suburb. Heck, 20 honor students at a party when mom and dad are out of town is a bad idea! They're young, they've been sitting most of the day, and they are bored. It's time to break out the yellow school buses and take the kids strait home.

15 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Jim Mayer on 02/07/2015 at 8:18 PM

Re: “Warren says she'll accept whatever happens with mayoral control

The RCSD has about 6,500 employees, while the city has about 3,500. That would be a big pill to swallow! If I was the mayor taking over the school district would make me very nervous.

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Jim Mayer on 06/01/2014 at 4:02 PM

Re: “Rochester wants money to study theater

Unless it could be built in a #!$@! parking lot, a new downtown theater would required demolishing a bunch of existing buildings. I'd much rather see adaptive reuse that boosts housing and ground-level retail. If we want to spend money on a theater let's spruce up the Auditorium. Honestly, if I want cutting-edge theater I'm headed to NYC or Toronto anyway.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Jim Mayer on 06/01/2014 at 3:48 PM

Re: “Downtown developer asks for loan extension, exercises option to buy Midtown parcel for $1

Seems like Pike's going back to the well a few too many times. Maybe they should add a fourth floor to the new building instead.

Posted by Jim Mayer on 04/20/2014 at 5:56 PM

Re: “Warren explains security

I find Mayor Warren's recent comments on her first two weeks in office convincing. The vitriol and personal attacks against her on the internet are disgusting and painful for me to read, and her desire for a security detail makes good sense. It's certainly her choice.

At the same time, hiring her uncle was dumb, and the whole speeding business is just stupid. Her reactions to the predictable uproar were poor. So, what's going on?

Well, her grandfather (one of the most important people in her life) suffered a stroke and died just she was taking office. My father died almost exactly a year ago and, even though we knew he was dying months in advance, I was in shock. I wasn't getting hate mail and I wasn't taking over the reigns of New York's third largest city. If Mayor Warren wasn't in shock then she isn't human.

Mayor Warren's been in politics for quite a few years now. I've seen her run meetings at City Council. She does a good job. She's neither an idiot or a fool. I'm sure she's ambitious (that goes with the job), but I choose to believe that she's trying hard to make Rochester a better place.

Occam's razor suggests that, when faced with competing hypotheses, the hypothesis with the fewest assumptions should be selected. What are the hypotheses here:

(1) Mayor Warren is David Gantt's evil minion who pretended to be competent for years so that she could rapaciously descend on Rochester and extract trivial sums of money in the clumsiest way possible.

(2) She made a bunch of bad decisions after the twin shocks of her grandfather's death and taking office.

I've got to go with the second choice.

Jim Mayer
Rochester, NY

21 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Jim Mayer on 01/22/2014 at 12:41 PM

Re: “City should turn down University Ave. project

I don't agree with the article. Parking lots are terrible for urban areas and density is almost always a good thing. When density gets high enough in a desirable area the result is usually fewer cars, better transit, and great restaurants. Parking lots lead to sterile, unwalkable, neighborhoods with few services. Morgan's proposal looks fine and will be a fine addition to University Avenue and the city.

12 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Jim Mayer on 05/02/2013 at 12:01 AM

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