Alex White 
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Re: “Fight over Cobbs Hill Village intensifies

It is time we learn what affordable means. All it says is that rents will be no more than 30% of income. So Rochester management says the average income in Monroe County is $52,500 so affordable rents are anything less than $1312 a month. While this is true in one sense it is unfair to use this number as the average senior in Rochester has an income much lower than this. Further half of the current apartments rent for $332 which provides housing for the most needy in our city and if these buildings come down there will be no rents in South East of Rochester near this. Thus while Rochester management may claim they will be providing affordable housing it will be much more expensive than the current affordable housing and perhaps the biggest reason we need to reject this proposal.

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Posted by Alex White on 05/10/2018 at 5:17 PM

Re: “Groups want a shift in city development

I love the irony of you having a story about citizen's complaints about the way the city does development in the same week as the Nathaniel Rochester would be proud story which praises the North Plymouth ave development. This project could be the poster child for the residents object to. It had a large contribution from the city, had no public input, sell for prices out of line with the income of Rochester residents, has dragged on for more than 6 years, and pays almost no taxes until a unit sells when the owner receives a very generous tax break. When it was proposed residents opposed this project but it still got built and this might be the real lesson here in that the city does not care what its residents think on development because no one is really holding them accountable. Until all the groups mentioned here ban together with their votes they will never be listened too.

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Posted by Alex White on 04/27/2018 at 1:17 PM

Re: “Are you there, College Town?

Collegetown was poorly conceived and designed with high rental costs and little vision. The idea that this many restaurants could be dropped into this location defies logic and there is no shortages of alternatives. All along it was designed to become college/ hospital office space and nothing has changed. It will never provide the jobs or taxes envisioned and never could have it was only a way to get the public to finance buildings for the U of R.

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Posted by Alex White on 11/25/2017 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Project Censored, 2016-17

Great article we waited a long time for a local article about nationally ignored news stories in 2016. I wonder how long we will have to wait for a local story about the local news which was not reported in 2017 like conflict of interest in the State economic development money or police brutality in Rochester or even the legal victories of residents against the city over the points system? These are just a few of the things we seem to have missed and there is much much more.

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Posted by Alex White on 11/25/2017 at 2:41 PM

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

While I agree green space on parcel 5 is less than desirable what are the real options? Ideally we would want office space but downtown has a 20+% vacancy rate for office space even after so much has been converted into housing. Commercial is not going to happen due to downtown density problems. There are too few people to support large commercial and those that are downtown ride the bus. The commercial which would work for bus riders is non compatible with the high end housing which is going in downtown. While residential is presently working downtown most of it is heavily subsidized and has long term tax breaks. Finally residential will prevent other higher uses which is what we want. A casino is a terrible idea as it will destroy any commercial opportunities downtown. White a casino or the preforming arts center would both be tax free.

As a result of there being no real options perhaps the best we can do is wait on this property and see where downtown goes. And the best way to hold this property without looking like a vacant hole in our city is with a park.

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Posted by Alex White on 07/20/2016 at 2:36 PM

Re: “Does Rochester really need Uber?

Why should Uber be allowed to come in and provide a service identical to a taxi's without following the rules for taxi's. If they want to enter the Rochester market then they should follow the rules. If cab prices are too high perhaps the problem is the regulation which could be lessened.

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Posted by Alex White on 05/11/2016 at 2:14 PM

Re: “City went too far regulating alcohol sales

Actually the city can control the sale of alcohol as the state law allows municipalities to set hour regulation for the sale of alcohol. So if the city wants to limit alcohol sale to 9pm then they have to do it for all establishments that sell alcohol. The problem is that they used zoning to do this and this is not okay. Zoning is for the size, placement, and use of buildings in general, not for the control of internal operations of these structures. Judges have ruled on this several times and the state comptroller has this question as an FAQ on their page. The city knew this when they passed the legislation but they were doing something illegal because people wanted something. So in the end it cost over $300,000 to have this law.

The craziest thing about this is that there is an excellent way to deal with corner stores which do things wrong and that is law enforcement. 3 illegal sales of tobacco, alcohol, or lotto tickets, will have the business and the site lose the right to sell these products. The same is true of SNAP or food stamps. If residents want these stores gone go in and take a picture of a loose cigarette being sold or an underage person buying alcohol. The police also need to do stings on this. Only this way will the corner stores be cleaned up and then council can stop passing illegal laws which cost the city hundred of thousand of dollars.

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Posted by Alex White on 12/30/2015 at 3:17 PM

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