TJ Czar-Birkhead 
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Re: “Feedback 8/3

My favorite part of the whole Whole Foods debate is that Save Monroe Ave exists. To be in a group that has come together just to oppose things seems like a really fun time.

I can only imagine their meetings:

Committee member:"Today's refreshments will be scones and punch."

*Rest of group consults together, frowning and murmuring*

Their lawyer, Daniel Spitzer, addresses the first speaker: "I'm afraid scones just won't do. We vehemently oppose scones and punch as a refreshment."

Where do I sign up?

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Posted by TJ Czar-Birkhead on 08/04/2016 at 8:19 PM

Re: “Negative focus on College Town isn’t fair, some tenants say

Thank you for showing both sides of the College Town discussion. However, it was disappointing to see Dan Hurley get so much article time. He obviously has an agenda and his negative poisonous rhetoric just helps feed Rochester's self-esteem problem.

Hurley gets the opening and the closing and takes many shots in between. It feels like the headline was re-written after the piece was filed to make it seem more balanced.

Guess what? Businesses fail. All the time. For at least one of the closed shops it seems like it was a case of "be better" and to blame it on College Town or the developers smacks of political maneuvering. I have no doubt College Town will find its way eventually and like many have pointed out, it's an improvement from what was there. It might not be the thriving Metropolis that some people envisioned but I know it makes me smile every time I drive by or visit.

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Posted by TJ Czar-Birkhead on 08/04/2016 at 8:07 PM

Re: “Art, ads, and the image we show to the world

With all due respect, Mary Anna Towler's vision for the airport already exists and it is called a museum. Turning the airport into an arts showcase the way Towler suggests is a selfish exhibit in self-indulgence. We can better use such resources, whether it be money, effort, or brain power for far more important things than patting ourselves on the back.

When I was a kid, the airport used to be a fun place of wonder. A place where you could watch your loved one's plane land and wait for them at their gate. Now you feel like a criminal just picking someone up. Weird statues and bizarre paintings can't fix that. Those that are coming home just want to be with their families. Those leaving here just want to be gone, not get a Roc history lesson. Out-of-towners? We're not impressing anyone with grainy photos or giant dioramas.

I love the arts, especially metal sculptures that that don't look like anything and chairs that you can't actually sit in. But let's just focus on getting the plane from point A to point B and stop worrying if the Jones' airport has the market on post-modern pointillism in the lobby.

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Posted by TJ Czar-Birkhead on 07/11/2016 at 5:49 PM

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