Arian Horbovetz 
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Re: “Downtown residents form a new urban coalition

This article highlights one of the most important and yet underappreciated topics in Rochester today. Our downtown in becoming a neighborhood and we have to start approaching it as such! Bravo City, and great stuff Jeremy and Suzanne!

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Posted by Arian Horbovetz on 03/28/2018 at 4:11 PM

Re: “Parcel 5 plan proceeds; so will the criticism

Thank you so much for highlighting this issue, and for taking a critical approach to the subtle but important complexities and opposing viewpoints. I would respectfully like to clarify that a strong piece to the argument opposing this project has NOTHING to do with support for the arts in our city. I think we can all agree, the RBTL and the scores of organizations, big and small, that make this a colorful home for the arts are the pride of Rochester. The issue, more than anything, is the location of the proposed theater, as well as the initial and continued support without a conversation with our residents. We believe that a downtown that is becoming a neighborhood is better suited for mixed use public space, which has been shown to usher in similar investment dollars and job creation in cities like Rochester across the country. Furthermore, with downtown becoming a neighborhood once again, public space is in desperate need to create a level of flexibility and livability within the area.

Furthermore, while we welcome visitors from the suburbs and beyond with open arms, the belief is that this project send a clear message to Rochester residents that their wishes are not being taken seriously. Cities across the country make the same mistakes of trying to create entertainment hubs, but the cities that are succeeding are the ones that are putting the voices of their rebounding residential populations first. And of course, our residents are our best ambassadors... when happy, they will be the ones telling their friends on the outskirts to check out Rochester again!

This isn't about the arts at all, with all respect. It's simply about the most important piece of land in our city, and our residents believe that their wishes should be considered first. Thanks again for a great piece, some excellent points. :-)

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Posted by Arian Horbovetz on 03/19/2018 at 12:08 PM

Re: “New train station, old problems

As a lover of rail travel, it pains me to admit it's becoming harder and harder to defend the issues that Amtrak passengers experience on nearly every ride. Amtrak "rents" track from CSX, the freight carrier that owns the lines that service most of New York State. Frequent delays are, for the most part, due to "freight traffic" with Amtrak trains taking a backseat to freight trains.

Amtrak is in a difficult spot. In a time when our country is seeking alternative forms of transit, and with a millennial population that is seeing the automobile as less and less of a necessity, passenger rail is poised to be a fantastic regional transportation option. But significant delays (hours, not minutes) that are so pervasive that they are seen as almost acceptable make it a far less attractive option for recreational travel and an impossible option form reliable business travel. Take it from someone who has traveled across New York State over a hundred times via Amtrak in the last several years... if you have to get somewhere by a certain time, Amtrak is not a good option. But unfortunately, Amtrak simply does not have the budget or capabilities to capably address these issues.

Amtrak's positives include convenience and comfort. You can arrive at the station 5 minutes before the train arrives and board when it gets there. You can take two bags, and they go in the racks above your seat. No security lines, no one's going through your stuff... you just get on the train and go.

Once you're there, you can sprawl out in the large seats with plenty of leg room, or walk down to the cafe car for some food and drink. It's relaxing, and the scenery is nice.

Unless major changes to service are undertaken, Amtrak will continue to be underutilized. It will simply be an "additive" for the cities it serves rather than a significant motivator for commerce and tourism in Upstate NY. I love Amtrak, but unless drastic changes are made, it's potential will never be maximized.

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Posted by Arian Horbovetz on 06/30/2017 at 5:17 AM

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