Michael Bruton 
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Re: “A new possibility for downtown's Parcel 5

The "Kansas City Live!" concept should be a non-starter for Rochester because of the bothersome noise pollution that would impact adjacent residences. 5 or 6 outdoor concerts a year could be tolerated, but clearly not 50. And you definitely don't want potential visitors from the suburbs and beyond taking their dollars elsewhere with the thought of avoiding the noise.

It would be a disaster if most every concert-goer was of the type to only be after a free or cheap good time. How unfair it would be if taxpayers were forced to subsidize this type of artificial vibrancy. The historic reality is that Rochester's population is too small to sustain a permanent entertainment complex without massive subsidies.

It seems that what should go downtown on Parcel 5 should be deeply different from the former Midtown Plaza. Let's remember that Midtown Plaza was torn down to make way for a business headquarters tower. But because that's not going to happen, we seem eager to rebuild some version of Midtown Plaza, or at least something that Midtown could have been retrofitted into. At first glance, a park seems like the obvious Plan B, but It's tough to envision suburbanites travelling downtown to experience a park when they have better and more abundant green spaces where they are. For many years, Midtown Plaza functioned as a public town square, and then it didn't. A worse version of Midtown Plaza is not the answer. It has to fail.

Another thing that Parcel 5 shouldn't be is the blighted empty lot it is now. Parcel 5 needs to just go away. I have an idea. Let's expand all the surrounding buildings into Parcel 5 until it disappears.

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Posted by Michael Bruton on 12/28/2018 at 3:53 PM

Re: “Golisano cancels funding for RBTL theater

What a terribly oversimplified statement and not even from the mayor herself. Golisano has been more than patient. If the other funding sources aren't there, then let's be honest about it and move on.

Borrowed money is initially good for construction jobs, but at some point you have to pay the piper. These theaters can't support themselves. It may be culturally important for a city to have a theater, but it's not win win. We should admit defeat and forgo the financial alchemy. If Mayor Warren can't summon a coalition of deep-pocketed business leaders, then it's game over.

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Posted by Michael Bruton on 11/12/2018 at 4:38 PM

Re: “City seeks another developer for land at the port

When I see new construction, I'm amazed at how fast these buildings go up. But, if the wrong thing is in the wrong place, then a failed structure can languish for years. No need to cite examples.

With this small piece of land that probably should be developed into something, what we don't want in a few years is a failing, subsidized embarrassment that nobody can afford to demolish.

This time, maybe we should instead go small. It's better to try something and learn what works. We want the next iteration to be based on knowledge from actual experience.

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Posted by Michael Bruton on 10/16/2018 at 12:24 PM

Re: “Northwest neighborhoods will get a 'history survey'

I'm wondering how long we can pretend that poverty doesn't exist in these neighborhoods. A few more historic landmark plaques scattered about Rochester would surely not do much.

I remember times when I enjoyed a particular historical marker during a favorite jogging route. It's a shame that more people aren't jogging, not that there aren't more plaques.

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Posted by Michael Bruton on 10/02/2018 at 3:25 PM

Re: “City Council narrowly passes Cobbs Hill Village legislation

If we need more affordable housing, then why tear down existing very-low-rent units in order to build on that land? And when those units are pretty nearly located on a park and built in such a way to be unobtrusive; that's more reason to try and preserve them.

Maybe, we're dumber than we were fifty years ago, or greedier.

As for the city council vote, it doesn't surprise me. There reaches a point where you can't delay any longer. That's progress.

I'm sure the new buildings will be fine. It's like those supposed visually polluting cell phone towers. After a while, they just blend in with the trees. You hardly notice them.

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Posted by Michael Bruton on 07/28/2018 at 11:28 AM

Re: “To our CITY readers: changes, and an invitation

If Parcel 5 is so valuable, then why is it still empty? We can't even give it away and it seems we essentially have to pay out monthly installments to anyone who'll take it.

In the meantime, Buffalo is running ads to get us over there. Empty is not good. A parking lot is better than an empty lot. What are we waiting for?

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Posted by Michael Bruton on 07/17/2018 at 8:25 PM

Re: “Bike share has a health potential

I use an older model smartphone in which the cellular plan has been discontinued. With Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), I can't make or receive calls, or text unless over wi-fi. 911 calls still get through over-the-air via cell towers.

The smartphone-free method that was mentioned uses text messages, and so having cell phone service is still a requirement.

For me, I've determined that it's the wi-fi that is what I can't do without before the pnone. But as long as I have a smartphone, I might as well have a Google VoIP number. It's free.

There are racks of Pace bikes within walking distance of where I live, but that's as far as I go.

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Posted by Michael Bruton on 07/10/2018 at 2:30 PM

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