Maryagnes Lupien 
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Re: “A question for City Hall: who is downtown for?

I agree that we have a responsibility to solve this problem. We are not San Francisco or Atlanta but there is no excuse for not investing in forward-thinking projects which enhance Rochester's livability for all Rochestarians, not just those with higher incomes.

At the last City Council meeting, there were many who spoke on issues ranging from street scape improvements and Parcel 5 to opposition to the planned Court St. project and Cobbs Hill apartments. Every single issue discussed that night was related to the livability of our city.

Citizens from all walks of life are standing up and demanding that our leaders start prioritizing green space, walkable and bikable neighborhoods/downtown, improved public transportation, sustainability... the list goes on. These livability activists, myself included, want development to center on making Rochester better for those who already live here and not focused on projects meant to bribe suburbanites to move downtown in hopes that their money will save us.

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Posted by Maryagnes Lupien on 11/22/2017 at 7:04 PM

Re: “Round 2 for city voters in the race for mayor and Council

Mary Lupien campaign website is

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Posted by Maryagnes Lupien on 10/26/2017 at 2:40 PM

Re: “Feedback 8/23

Steve Shon,
"We need more ... places to go and things to do and reasons and support for people to live and work here.".

That's exactly why it's important to follow the lead of other forward-thinking cities like Cleveland and Detroit in building a central urban public square. The thousands of downtown residents and workers need a place do go and things to do. An empty lot Parcel 5 is not. Even covered in gravel, it has been a place to play wiffle ball, hold concerts and movies. It's a place for the two divided Rochesters to come together and enjoy each other and the breathtaking view created in the space Midtown left in our downtown.

Let's focus on improving the quality of life for the people of Rochester and making our city a place where people *want* to live and work. That will be the catalyst for the urban growth, density and vibrancy we all hope for. #FreeParcel5

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Posted by Maryagnes Lupien on 08/27/2017 at 6:13 PM

Re: “Campaign focus will include Parcel 5

When the proposal by Andy Gallina was the favorite, there was already a proposal in to program the space year round at no cost to the city. If this was an open public square it would be vibrant all year round and more importantly, accessible to the entire city population not just the wealthy few. There are many examples of cities like ours such as Detroit and Cleveland who have put in a similar space in their downtown and it served as a catalyst to ignite development.

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Posted by Maryagnes Lupien on 07/17/2017 at 3:52 PM

Re: “Dems ready to choose candidates

I'm Mary Lupien and I'm running for Rochester City Council. I was happy to participate in the Democratic Party designation process. I've learned so much and met so many great people. I look forward to fighting on to the primary on September 12th to improve transportation, strengthen neighborhoods and connect people to living-wage jobs! The voices of my many supporters were not part of the designation process as many of them are new to the political process and there hasn't been time yet to join the Democratic committees.

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Posted by Maryagnes Lupien on 05/21/2017 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Feedback 4/19

I wonder why ADRIAN MARTIN feels that a city center is no place for subsidized housing. Does that mean that in a vibrant downtown, there is no room for people without a lot of disposable income? In my opinion, every possible type of diversity makes for a thriving community. We all have our place in this society and we all contribute to it's strength. We see in nature how the system becomes unbalanced when it lacks diversity. Human systems are no different. A healthy community makes room for everyone.

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Posted by Maryagnes Lupien on 04/23/2017 at 7:31 PM

Re: “Building up

"...the proposal would leave a prime development site stay mostly vacant."

The above statement really casts not building on this site as a negative. It's not vacant it's full of people and small businesses.

The rendering of the Gallina proposal shows how choked off the space will become and instead of the social and entrepreneurial center of Rochester, it becomes the front and back yard for two high income towers. Visionary Square would increase property values and attract business that would add to our tax base in less concrete ways than building a building. Look at what Campus Meritus did for Detroit.

Visionary Square requires us to think outside of the box. The Gallina Building could be anywhere. There are lots of vacant parcels nearby. But Visionary Square can only be on Parcel 5 to be successful. It has to be in the center of town. You can't un-build a building, but we can give Visionary Square a chance. Otherwise we forego a real opportunity to transform Rochester into a destinaton... Somewhere people WANT to live and work in!

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Posted by Maryagnes Lupien on 03/30/2017 at 6:36 AM

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