Crossroads park's location doesn't work as a gathering place. It's not on the way to anything. It's long and skinny. You don't really see it from nearby buildings. It has few, and unappealing entrances and exits. Much of it abuts buildings that turn their back on the river and park. The federal buildings are a dead zone. That said, I support improving the park - we just need a viable vision of what could work there.
Re Rehabbing existing buildings. I heard that every downtown building suitable for residential rehab has already been purchased and plans are proceeding. These rehab projects are slower than Greenfield development.
Sometimes I think Rochestarians actually want everything that happens in the city to fail. Stop being so negative. Businesses everywhere close all the time. Nobody panics when something closes at Eastiew Mall. And why is anyone surprised that rents are high in a brand new development near busy streets and our areas largest employer? If you need cheap rent, look at an older scruffier location. By the way, the city planners told the developer that the hidden setup for the grocery store was a bad idea, but the city has limited influence.
Brighton charges property owners about $25 per year for sidewalk plowing, the city charges more like $45, yet Brighton's sidewalks seem better plowed. Why? Maybe there is a way for the city to get better plowing without spending more. Relying on property owners to do it isn't working.
Today you can only turn left at Pitkin, not Howell or Union. In future you would turn left at Union, not Howell/Pitkin. I don't see the problem, and I travel this way often.
I sure hope they don't compromise pedestrians or bikes to allow this silly left turn.
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