Brian Milburn 
Member since Nov 8, 2012

Recent Comments

Re: “Elmwood Avenue plan up to City Council

Concerned about traffic? Start focusing on other ways of getting around (bicycles, etc). Set up bike share stations there. Much better use of space as opposed to focusing on single-occupancy automobiles.

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Posted by Brian Milburn on 08/13/2017 at 2:03 PM

Re: “New Parcel 5 pitch may be dead on arrival

"I think what we have done is sort of stir the pot a little bit by saying, Heres another chance to do something right.

Well, you see, we have a problem here. Rochester already built properties like the one Smillie is proposing, and they only contributed to Rochester being a non-place to be. We don't need more megaplexes.

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Posted by Brian Milburn on 11/02/2016 at 1:49 PM

Re: “Four companies vie for Rochester bike-share contract

So exciting!

Posted by Brian Milburn on 08/11/2016 at 3:14 PM

Re: “We don’t need a park on the Midtown site

Maybe for ideas of what we could put there, we should look to the past. This stretch of Main Street used to consist of densely platted buildings with actual establishments in them, which can be seen here:…

And, MLK Park does a pretty poor job of being a venue, for one huge reason: there's nothing around MLK Park. It's a dead area. So people might go there for Parties in the Park, but leave immediately afterwards because there is simply nothing else to do immediately adjacent to MLK.

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Posted by Brian Milburn on 07/20/2016 at 6:32 PM

Re: “Panel offers hard truths for Rochester

To be honest, if we have leaders who are set on maintaining the City of Rochester as a large, car-focused office complex with a few luxury apartments, then the City is gonna stay that way.

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Posted by Brian Milburn on 03/23/2016 at 11:52 AM

Re: “Panel offers hard truths for Rochester

"... creating a public space on the Main Street bridge overlooking the river..."

We used to have our own Ponte Vecchio - buildings lining both side of the Main St bridge. Then in the 1950s and 1960s, cars/modernism/lunacy took over, and we got rid of it. You can compare the bridge, past vs. present, here:…

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Posted by Brian Milburn on 03/23/2016 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Skatepark could be homeless again

A huge chunk of Rochester's vitality - for attracting people - was destroyed when the old, popular Front Street was demolished and replaced with the Charles Carroll Plaza. Front Street was a bustling corridor of dense buildings that provided many establishments for Rochesterians.

Right now, the city is seemingly marginalizing and trivializing what is a valid recommendation for bringing vitality back to the area. The City also seems to perceive itself as a large office complex, where a skate park "does not belong." Unfortunately, all this does is keep the City deadened and un-peopled.

Cities are for everybody, and not for limited demographics. This is especially important to keep in mind if Rochester wants to keep Millennials around (many of whom grew up skateboarding, and still do). Giving them even less reason to live/be in Rochester is a bad long-term plan.

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Posted by Brian Milburn on 03/02/2016 at 10:44 AM

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