We are probably the only city with waterfront property (2 sources of it) that has no idea how to utilize it. We build ugly tenement-style low-income housing on Mt Hope and then don't maintain it or the area around it. Now we want to build "market value" (read: low-income housing) on the lake. But the City continues to whine about the dwindling tax base.
We can't get out of our own way. It's like the new Transit Center. Why put it on Main and Clinton? To attract more kids waiting for buses after school? You want people to come downtown ---- not just city residents who now have to go to the 'burbs for groceries or other goods, but also people from all over the city and county looking for shopping and entertainment. Put a transit center slighly east or west of the area inside the inner loop. People don't want to walk to Main and Clinton? They can hop a bus.
1. The cost of employee parking at URMC is already outrageous.
2. URMC has shuttle buses to and from remote parking sites. Most employees are not thrilled about adding another 1/2 an hour to their travel time on shuttles.
3. Incentives to live close by? Like, subsidize purchasing homes on Mulberry and Mt. Vernon? URMC is one of the largest employers in the County. They run 24/7/365. There are nurses, techs, CNA, and all other kinds of employees. Many of them are single parents who need to get their children to child care providers. If you want URMC to provide on-site child care at Highland or the main site----well, that's more space they'll need to create.
4. I know we're talking primarily about Highland, but URMC sucked up a large employee lot for College Town. The new free-standing Golisano Children's Hospital also took a chunk of land.
5. You want to live where you want to live. You don't want people telling you that if you don't want to live near Highland Hospital then you need to move. Employees at Highland also want to live where they want to live, someof which may have to do with school districts. Making it more difficult and expensive to work, or requiring them to live in certain locations so they can walk to work or wait for a bus in the midst of a Polar Vortex is no different from suggesting you move.
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