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New Midtown Tower Renderings

April 18th, 2014
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New rendering of Midtown Tower, Rochester NY. [IMAGE PROVIDED BY: Buckingham Properties]
Last month we saw some pretty glitzy renderings external link of the Midtown Tower development with new retail stores included. Today the developer, Buckingham Properties, sent over some new renderings that show a more refined “skin” for the 17-story tower…

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Clean Sweep is May 3

April 18th, 2014
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Rochester Clean Sweep 2014 will be May 3. [PHOTO: City Hall Photo Lab]
After a long snowy winter Rochesterians like to get outside and enjoy the milder weather. But when that blanket of snow is finally gone, an ugly layer of trash is often revealed (much of it put there by people like this guy). Don’t stress. Do something about it!

This year, Rochester’s Clean Sweep will be a one-day, city-wide event starting at 8 a.m., Saturday, May 3 at Frontier Field. In addition to a cleaner neighborhood, you’ll also get a free t-shirt and breakfast, plus get to enjoy a Redwings game, hot dog, AND a drink. Get details after the jump…

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Vision Quest Community School may provide an answer to charters

April 7th, 2014
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A group of RCSD parents and teachers is seeking to open a new elementary school called Vision Quest Community School.
A group of concerned parents and teachers from the Rochester City School District is seeking to open a new kind of elementary school. Their idea is to build on the success of School Of The Arts (SOTA) by offering a similar interdisciplinary curriculum in the K–6 grade levels; a curriculum that is “rich in creative expression” and with a greater focus on the individual child.

Their proposal is being called Vision Quest Community School and the group will make a presentation to Superintendent Vargas on April 21…

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Rochester Pulls Ahead of the Motor City in Parking Madness!

April 3rd, 2014
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Rochester faces off against Detroit today in Streetsblog's Parking Madness tourney. [IMAGE: usa.streetsblog.org]
It’s March madness, PARKING madness, or just plain MADNESS indeed. We’ve discussed Rochester’s parking problem at length here on RocSubway. Now, all of our hard work— demolishing our city and building parking lots—is paying off. Rochester has worked its way into Streetsblog’s nationwide Parking Madness tournament external link. Which of these 16 cities has the absolute worst urban parking crater? Readers from around the country will decide.

Take a look at what our downtown has become over the years. From a densely packed and vibrant town square, to the giant parking crater we have today.

Last week we annihilated Miami to earn a spot in the “elite eight.” In this latest round Rochester closed a sizable gap against Detroit, and it now looks like we may beat the Motor City. But there are still a few hours left, so vote now external link. And tell your buddies… We’re #1!

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You push the button… we do the rest.

March 31st, 2014
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Picture taking with the Brownie camera no. 2. Published 1918 by Canadian Kodak Co. [SOURCE: OpenLibrary.org]
The other day my three-year-old was shooting video of his stuffed animals with his big sister’s iPad, and a wave of nostalgia crashed over me. I suddenly realized my kids will probably never get to experience joy of film photography. They’ll never understand the thrill of loading a fresh roll into the back of a camera. They’ll never feel those mechanical clicks and vibrations of the film advancing to the next frame. And they’ll never know the excitement of getting a stack of pictures back from the developer.

How would I even explain this antique technology to them? I know, I’ll Google it. Hey what do you know, here’s an old manual for the Kodak Brownie Camera (No. 2)…

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Filling In: 79 North Clinton

March 28th, 2014
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A building in Portland, Oregon. [IMAGE: Google Streetview]
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Fellow Rochesterians, lend me your ears. I recently visited the reasonably pleasant city of Portland, OR. While I was there, I couldn’t help but notice a rather cleverly decorated, midcentury modern building. It was this one, actually…

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IRBIR the Alien says, “I’d Rather Be In Rochester”

March 25th, 2014
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Wheeler Dealer board game, Rochester edition. c1980. [PHOTO: Laurie Dirkx]
A RocSubway reader is looking to sell this old Rochester “Wheeler Dealer” board game ($50). Wheeler Dealer is a game of two parts. First, players travel the world while buying, selling, bargaining and trading products. In part two those products are sold back to the bank or auctioned to the highest bidder. Licensed versions of the game were produced for many cities around the world in the 1980s, including this one for Rochester…

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Honeoye Falls Community Will Appeal Drive-Thru Zoning Change

March 24th, 2014
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Honeoye Falls is moving to change the town code to allow drive-thru's. But would drive-thru chains be an improvement for this small town?
The Honeoye Falls Community Association says they have filed an Article 78 Petition to invalidate the February 17th code change allowing drive-through restaurants in the General Commercial District.

A similar petition was submitted in November 2013 to invalidate an identical code change passed in October 2013. In response to the first petition, the Board of Trustees rescinded the code change in December 2013. The Board then passed the code change again on February 17th, 2014…

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City Seeks New Name for Midtown Plaza and Street

March 11th, 2014
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The City of Rochester is asking the public to name the new street and plaza at the Midtown site. [PHOTO: Earthcam.com]
On Monday we had some fun climbing to the top of Midtown Tower. Today we can have some more fun with Midtown. The City of Rochester is asking the public to name the new street and plaza being built at the Midtown site…

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Powers Building, Main & State Streets, 1968

February 28th, 2014
Posted in Rochester History, Rochester Images, Transit + Infrastructure, Urban Development | 8 Comments »

The Powers Building at Main & State Streets, 1968. [PHOTO: Winters, via Library of Congress]
Check out this great photo of the Powers Building from 1968. Notice the workmen up on the ledge of the Mansard roof. Down at street level a shiny new, streamlined façade as been awkwardly forced on top of this 1869 building…

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Stadiumville

February 18th, 2014
Posted in Rochester Destinations, Urban Development | 31 Comments »

Stadiumville concept for Rochester: by Jerry DeCarolis
The Rochesterian has blogged several times about the need to create a link external link between Frontier Field and Sahlen’s Stadium… and how Rochester needs someone like Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula to invest in a Harbor Center external link type of development centered around Rochester’s sports arenas. I don’t disagree. Rochester’s stadiums (and the neighborhoods around them) could, and should be a much bigger draw.

Last April a local businessman named Jerry DeCarolis sent me a concept plan he put together called “Stadiumville.” I was impressed. But this plan was so ambitious, and so broad-sweeping, I wasn’t quite sure how seriously to take it. And so I ended up sitting on the document – until now…

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