Scott Wagner 
Member since Feb 20, 2013

I have lived and worked in the Rochester area for 30 years. I am an avid all-season bicyclist (commuter , lifestylist, tourist, and recreational.) I am actively involved with bicycle and non-automotive transportation advocacy. (Yes, I do still own an automobile, but I rarely use it.) I am an embedded software engineer, delighted to be employed by one of Rochester's dynamic squadron of small, independent tech businesses: LabX Technologies LLC. I am an amateur musician and supporter of Rochester's diverse and talented musical community. I am an unapologetic "foodie": public market shopper, vegetarian, localvore, experimental chef. I enjoy outdoor activities of all sorts, and blog about it (when I can bring myself to be inside at a computer) at http://notbehindglass.blogspot.com.

Recent Comments

Re: “This week in the mayor's race: What will Warren do?

The Democratic candidates would be well advised to stick to the issues and present how they will advance the cause of a strong and vital progressive Sanctuary City in a time of reactionary disintegration at the national level. Skip the cute personal attacks. We need sound leadership, not sound bytes.

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Posted by Scott Wagner on 02/10/2017 at 2:05 PM

Re: “Reilich goes to war with Irondequoit

It is difficult to decipher the grammatically contorted, Palinesque ramblings of "Remington." His argument seems to be that "street talk" and its cybernetic adjunct, "the Internet", are sufficiently reliable sources to publicly defame and pillory an individual or business. Whispered allegations of connection between Nolan and Bello seem sufficient in his mind to incriminate.
The freedoms afforded by the First Amendment do not extend to deliberately and publicly causing harm without defensible proof. That behaviour is called slander, and the aggrieved party is entitled to compensation for the harm. This applies to highly visible presidential candidates, Bill Reilich, "Remington," and to us all. We would do well to remember.

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Posted by Scott Wagner on 03/23/2016 at 3:00 PM

Re: “Panel offers hard truths for Rochester

In response to Eric Maloney's comment about parking "for free": Parking is definitely not free. Parking consumes valuable real estate which could otherwise be used by a revenue generating business. Businesses must provide parking in order to be allowed to operate; they must pay for this expensive requirement, and that cost is an overhead charged to their customers. It is also very unfair: if I choose to walk, bicycle, or take the bus to patronize a business in CollegeTown, I pay that parking overhead nonetheless so that others using automobiles may park "for free."
On-street parking is perhaps the worst incursion of parking into urban livability. Cars parked on the side of the street consume lane space, displacing bus lanes, bike lanes, and travel lanes. Because of on-street parking, streets must be wider, resulting in narrower, less appealing sidewalks. Parked cars cause visibility problems for both drivers and pedestrians, and make the roadway transit of a pedestrian longer and more dangerous. This applies especially to children and disabled people, who lack the height advantage to see over at least some parked vehicles.
Finally, because people tend to avoid places where cars are parked - they are dark, ugly, and cluttered (with cars) - there is a cost in aesthetic appeal to businesses with "free" parking. There is reinforcing feedback associated with this: because these lots are unpleasant, people don't want to have to walk past them, which drives the demand for parking immediately adjacent to the destination.
It is not quantifiable, but the difference in appeal between a restaurant on Park Avenue in the City (with its "parking problems") and a similar restaurant on West Ridge Road in Greece (embedded in a wide ring of asphalt) is obvious. Just imagine sidewalk seating at the latter location!

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Posted by Scott Wagner on 03/23/2016 at 2:20 PM

Re: “Panel offers hard truths for Rochester

The Rose Fellowship is spot-on. Rochester's urban core has wilted because of the automobile-centric redevelopment of the 1960s: the Inner Loop noose, the overabundance of parking garages, and the sterile skyway which was intended to pipe people from garage to destination without touching the city.
Modern urban design for aesthetically pleasing and livable urban space values people over automobiles. People live, work, shop, dine, and attend events in cities - automobiles do not. Automobiles congest streets and consume valuable real estate, replacing livable space with ugliness.
Rochester earned the dubious distinction of the "golden crater" award for its parking madness last year: http://usa.streetsblog.org/2014/04/09/roch… . Automobile accessibility and parking here is unfortunately too abundant and cheap. Ask anyone in Toronto, Montreal, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, or Washington how they would feel about paying a mere $6 for event parking! In fact, parking rates here - both on-street and in lots / garages, should be well over $10, in line with other metropolitan areas. The revenue generated would go a long way toward funding sensible, human-scale, low impact multimodal transportation in the urban core.
Thankfully, we are slowly reversing our previous errors. New people-centric development is making our urban core attractive once again, and young people are beginning to recolonize the city abandoned by their predecessors in the automobile-driven flight to the suburbs.
I applaud the initiatives of our city planners and visionary developers who are making progress against both the negative image of our city and the automobile-oriented design which caused it.

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Scott Wagner on 03/23/2016 at 1:52 PM

Re: “Cameras will help 'stranded' cyclists

To Mike bruton and others who suggest that bike infrastructure improvement expenditures are not justified by bicycle traffic volume: This is usually the case in regions both within North America and worldwide which are beginning to establish multimodal transportation support. The volume of pioneers does not justify the investment, but invariably the pioneers PLUS the investment in infrastructure results in a rapid and self-reinforcint increase of bike and pedestrian traffic. This not only reduces congestion, it also makes affected neighborhoods more livable and desirable for business. The economic, not to mention the social, benefit to the streets which have bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure can be shown to greatly exceed the expenditure.

5 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Scott Wagner on 01/10/2016 at 2:06 AM

Re: “Power to the Pedals

Power to the Pedals will be followed by a community discussion forum with panelists filmmaker Bob Nesson, pedal power entrepreneur Wenzday Jane, R Community Bikes' Dan Lill, Conkey cruisers' Theresa Bowick, and City of Rochester community development leaders Kate Washington and Neal Martin. It is presented by The Little, the Rochester Contemporary Art Center, and the Rochester Bicycle Film Festival.

Posted by Scott Wagner on 04/23/2015 at 12:25 AM

Re: “[UPDATED] Warren's rough honeymoon

I would like the community's opinion about my post and "Mitt Romney"'s response. I do not believe that my comments or similar ones are racist, since they would be aimed equally at any official whose behavior was as Ms. Warrens regardless of racial or other characteristics. However, "Mitt" is insistent that I am racist and blind to being so because I am a male Caucasian. What do others think? I do not really care for my own interests but I do care to know if the community is allowed to make critical observations about our leaders despite their respective characteristics.
At least I use my real name and image in my posts.
-S

18 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Scott Wagner on 02/01/2014 at 4:22 PM

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