Martin Petrella 
Member since Nov 8, 2012

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Re: “Feedback

Regarding Gino Fanelli's "Be honest about downtown", I think he's way off the mark by saying "Crime in downtown is not a myth, and stating that is pretty irresponsible to your readers." The myth City is trying to dispel is not that there is crime downtown but rather the myth that crime is rampant downtown or that downtown is not a safe place to live or visit. I've known many people who live in the Greater Rochester area that believe this myth and avoid coming to events downtown because of it. That is a shame. City actually makes a strong case against the myth, which I find to be accurate and responsible reporting.

Mr. Fanelli implies City, when referring to downtown, is really talking about the East End. Not so. City clarified they are referring to the area inside the inner loop and maybe a few blocks beyond. I'll extend the definition of downtown to include the area defined by RPD's Central Section Map (…) which includes High Falls and the Stadiums, Corn Hill, and a large section of the South Wedge. He states that "bars and restaurants are primarily found on the East Ave Strip" or possibly on St. Paul or Clinton. I guess he hasn't spent much time in the South Wedge, Corn Hill, Alexander, East Main/University, or Monroe Ave to frequent the many fine restaurants and bars in those areas. All, which are perfectly safe to visit day or night, by the way.

The fact is, the myth extends to the entire city rather than just downtown. I find that many people think the entire city is crime ridden with little pockets of "safe havens". The opposite is actually true. The city as a whole is relatively very safe with pockets of higher crime. The pockets may be a few city blocks here or there or even larger sections of neighborhoods, but certainly not the entire city. Mr Fanelli gives many examples of where he has witnessed the good and bad in the city, which I fully believe. I will counter his comments about Corn Hill, however. By his account, you can't walk down the street in Corn Hill without being approached by a drug dealer. While I'm fully aware that drugs are used and sold in that neighborhood, I can say that during my five years living in Corn Hill and being active in PAC-TAC, I never saw it first hand. I still review crime stats for Corn Hill which show it is a very safe neighborhood. I live in North Winton Village now and find that neighborhood even safer.

Is there crime downtown and the city in general? Yes. Is it rampant? No. Should you stay away because of it? Absolutely not!

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Posted by Martin Petrella on 09/15/2016 at 1:26 PM

Re: “Carousel panel going to RMSC

JOHNNY, I can't say if the children were white that the image would be removed but I can say racist imagery isn't limited to imagery of people of color. Do some research online regarding racist imagery of Irish and Italian Americans, which I find equally offensive. I'm happy to see the panel is going to be removed.

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Posted by Martin Petrella on 02/24/2016 at 12:56 PM

Re: “Right of refusal

I live in a very nice apartment that is well maintained, for the most part, by my landlord. We recently had a city inspector come through and he found a few code violations with smoke detectors (not in the proper locations), lack of carbon monoxide detectors (which I didn't know was required), and a broken porch step (which I had been nagging my landlord for months to fix). I'm happy the inspector caught the violations and that my landlord quickly addressed them.

As for the argument as to why renters are subject to inspections when homeowners are not, it's simple. As a homeowner, you are responsible for the maintenance of your property. If you want to let it fall into disrepair and squalor, that's your business and you are the one who will suffer the financial consequences. As a renter, my landlord is responsible for the maintenance of the property. If the landlord lets the property fall into disrepair, it is the tenant who suffers, often with little support to get the landlord to take action. I see inspections as protection for the tenant. Waivers are a bad idea.

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Posted by Martin Petrella on 12/03/2014 at 11:38 AM

Re: “CHOW HOUND: Branching out

"Whatta-Cuisine Vietnamese Restaurant (309 University Avenue) has closed."

No surprise since that location is jinxed. Hopefully once the Inner Loop is filled in and more development happens in that area, the location will be viable again.

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Posted by Martin Petrella on 11/05/2014 at 1:36 PM

Re: “Warren's lesson in crisis management

One, the lesson that the mayor hopefully has learned should have been something she already knew. She shouldn't have to learn on the job that lying is wrong.

Two, Reggie Hill has repeatedly stated that he was following standard procedure for security details. Does that mean our thruway and other roads are a raceway for every elected politician in NY being escorted by a security detail? Is this standard practice? If so, it shouldn't be. If I can't speed, neither should anyone else not acting in an emergency situation.

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Posted by Martin Petrella on 01/17/2014 at 10:06 AM

Re: “Wheels that deep fry, keep on turning

Food Truck Owners, C'mon down to Humbolt Street some time. There are several businesses with big parking lots you can set up in without blocking traffic and there are lot's of employees around looking for different grub to grab at lunch.

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Posted by Martin Petrella on 11/15/2012 at 10:00 AM

Re: “Runaway train station?

I had the opportunity to visit two upstate train stations this past year, one in Utica and the other in Syracuse.

The Utica station is a beautiful, old school station reminiscent of Grand Central. It even has pillars saved from the Grand Central renovation. It's located in the heart of downtown and a cornerstone in the community and serves both bus and rail passengers.

The Syracuse station is located at the Syracuse Regional Transportation Station, which is a brand new, modern intermodal facility. It is nestled next to the rail line and route 81 near the regional market, baseball stadium and Carousel Mall, which makes it very accessible to the community. There is ample parking and services available at the station as well. It too serves both bus and rail passengers.

Years of squabbling over Renaissance Square, a project that never made sense, held Rochester back for a long time in when it comes to a Rochester bus terminal. Once Renaissance Square was rightfully tabled. the RTS Transit Center on Mortimer Street came into play even when Louise Slaughter and Tom Richards were calling for a intermodal station a 1/2 mile away that would serve both bus and rail passengers. You might think the bus station being only a 1/2 mile from the train station isn't a big deal, but it is when we had an opportunity to create a facility to serve both bus and rail passengers. Who's bright idea was that? The bigger question is how, as a community did we let this happen? Partisan politics and lack of vision by some of our leaders and RGRTA seems to be the answer. We need to get beyond the politics and do what is right for the community. I hope it's not to late for a Rochester Intermodal Station.

While Mayor Richards is right in backing the intermodal station, he's part of the problem when it comes to moving forward with MCC moving to State Street, where there is plenty of parking and space to grow not to mention the boost it would give to the High Falls. I hope we can get beyond the politics and squabbling and drop the notion that MCC belongs in the Sibley Building. It's time to move forward and not repeat the mistakes of Renaissance Square.

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Posted by Martin Petrella on 11/08/2012 at 9:24 AM

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