City moving on energy program

City moving on energy program

A year or so from now, City of Rochester residents and small businesses could have easy access to 100 percent renewable energy at a price lower than their current rates. Mayor Lovely Warren is preparing legislation stating the city's intent to pursue community choice aggregation.

People of color much worse off here, report says

African Americans and Latinx in the nine-county Greater Rochester area are more than three times as likely to be poor as whites are. The median household income for African Americans is less than half that of whites, and the statistic is only slightly better for Latinx.

For Rochester school board: Elliott, LeBron, White

Rochester's schools are one of the region's most critical challenges. This city cannot reinvent itself until its students are graduating with the education they need and deserve.

New energy for a city being reborn

For City Council: Gruber, Juda, Lupien, Ortiz, Scott
This year's City Council Democratic primary is a high-stakes contest at a time when the city is evolving, for better or worse. Downtown's redevelopment is continuing, but big decisions remain about Parcel 5 and a proposed performing arts center there.

People pack City Council for Parcel 5 forum

City Council's chambers needs better fans. With the room jam-packed with people Thursday night, things in the back got warm really quick -- God bless the people who clung to their suits, sweaters, and jackets throughout the public forum.

Rush preserve plan allows hunting

Down near the Rush-Avon border sits a state-protected swath of prairie-like land, where grasses, hedges, and wildflowers are interspersed with oak trees. It's an oak opening, and there used to be places just like it all across the Midwest and this part of New York.

Elmwood Avenue plan up to City Council

The Terrence Building, the 17-story, 1950's-era brick building that was part of the former Rochester Psychiatric Center, seems to jut up from the landscape at 1201 Elmwood Avenue. Over the years, there've been proposals for redeveloping its roughly 30-acre site – part of which is in the town of Brighton – but nothing has gotten built.

Tensions build over a new RBTL theater

In April, Mayor Lovely Warren announced that she had chosen RBTL and Morgan Communities to develop Parcel 5, a key part of the former Midtown Plaza site. City Council has to approve sale of the land, and the mayor hasn't sent Council a request for that sale.

City Council will hold Parcel 5 public forum

Rochester City Council will hold a public forum on Thursday, August 10, to hear comments and concerns about the development of Parcel 5 at Midtown. The open comment period starts at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers in City Hall, 30 Church Street.

On the road with Zagster

A couple of weeks ago, bike racks appeared on what seemed to be every corner in downtown Rochester, with Zagster's signature white bikes fixed with a basket in the front and rack in the back. And most important, they were being used.

Bringing back Bull's Head

Up until about the 1950's, the Bull's Head area was a thriving part of the southwest section of the city. Though it's still remembered fondly by many people, particularly in Rochester's African-American community, right now Bull's Head is scarred by vacant lots and abandoned buildings.

Programs train the public to help overdose victims

At this point, the opioid crisis is inescapable. Prescription painkiller abuse and the use of increasingly dangerous heroin-fentanyl mixtures is happening across social and economic lines.

Lakeshore Record Exchange to close

Just as Lakeshore Record Exchange celebrates its 29th year in business, the beloved record store has announced that it will close. Lakeshore's focus on alternative music made it an important spot in Rochester to score American and European records and CDs in the genre.

CRCDS landmark status delayed

At a special joint hearing last week of the city's Preservation Board and Planning Commission, Thomas McDade Clay, vice president of institutional advancement at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, pleaded with members for more time – and he got it. McDade Clay asked members of the two boards to delay their vote on whether CRCDS should be designated a city landmark until CRCDS's board of trustees, and the property's buyer, Top Capital of New York, could fully understand the implications of the designation and negotiate some parameters.

The long, long road for Cobbs Hill Village

It's not unusual for development proposals to be controversial, and several development plans are generating a lot of heat in Rochester right now. But one of the most complex is the expansion plan for Cobbs Hill Village, a 60-year-old apartment complex for low-income senior residents.

Designing for a better city

The City of Rochester, says Maria Furgiuele, is experiencing a long-awaited renaissance, and it has a chance to shape its future in a way that will benefit all of its residents – and attract new ones. With thoughtful planning, she says, the city can provide quality housing for all of its people, create mass transit that serves the public and protects the environment, and preserve its older buildings and create well-designed new ones.


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