Downtown isn't as nice as some other areas of the city but it's great to see the progress that has been made and it's clearly improving relatively quickly. I frequently walk to and through downtown- never any issues and I never felt unsafe.
It's a matter of what you are used to and your perspective. I have lived in other cities, and have been in far worse places. I think overtime it will continue to improve and be more welcoming to all. It certainly would be nice to see more activity there which is slowly happening given all the new condos and rentals going up.
This is a very rare opportunity to expand the footprint of the park. Senior homes can be placed almost anywhere. Expanding an urban park is almost impossible to achieve. Lets take advantage of this opportunity now. Move the senior home to one of the many vacant plots of land located throughout the city.
The fact that a real estate developer is purchasing the property is disturbing. I really hope that there are protections in place to save the buildings on the campus. Turning them into condos while maintaining the overall campus with no additions is one thing. Removing buildings or adding condos like what exists along Highland, in front of the campus, would be a regrettable mistake. The City and neighbors really need to be careful on this one. I certainly hope Colgate also watches out for its neighbors for the last 90 years and also dictates future use. This is a scenic property, adjacent to a scenic park. The campus must remain unchanged.
While I want to see more development downtown, I would be interested in seeing the occupancy rate for the convention center today. Rochester isn't a major destination for tourist or conventions. The convention center alone doesn't attract conventions. I hear the argument repeatedly that enlargement will bring more bookings to the center. How effective is that for other cities of our size?
Contrary to Warren's belief- she brought a lot of this on herself. Race and Gender have nothing to do with it. It's her decisions that have caused unnecessary angst and comes across as amateurish.
It looks like T. Andrew Brown has been cleared by a third party firm and I am good with that. Her husband's past history is a non discussion point although perhaps as a role model for others on turning yourself around.
I still, cautiously, believe in her. I would like to think that she'll learn from this and could still be an effective mayor. But, some of her ideas are out there. A water park next to the Strong museum? oh brother. Aim high. I agree with her in that a mainstream theater would not compete significantly with the Little. The Little has mostly independent movies.
Time will tell; hoping for the best.
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