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Bus Stop Cubes Could Give Transit Riders in Rochester a Place to Rest

November 23rd, 2014
Posted in Rochester News, Transit + Infrastructure | 4 Comments »

Reconnect Rochester is aiming to come up with a solution for the lack of seating at bus stops in our region.
By Mike Governale

Have you ever noticed someone standing on the side a busy road or sitting on the curb while waiting for a bus? The lack of seating at bus stops in our area is a real problem, especially for seniors and people with disabilities. This week however, Reconnect Rochester unveiled a clever solution external link which they believe could change this picture…

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Rochester Map Typography

November 20th, 2014
Posted in Art + Culture, Rochester History | 4 Comments »

Rochester Map Typography [IMAGE: Rochester Public Library]
By Mike Governale

Preface: I am a total geek and I have stopped caring who knows it. With that out of the way, one of my favorite things in the world to do is study old maps. And my favorite part of old maps are the titles! I told you, total… geek.

I’ve always been amazed at how much attention used to go into the details of these hand-drawn works of art. These days all we do is send a satellite up into space, or someone out to drive around and snap pictures of our streets – and don’t get me wrong, that’s pretty neat for other reasons. But Google streetview ain’t got nuthin on this. Go ahead, geek out…

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Filling In: 37 Eagle Street Part 1

November 18th, 2014
Posted in Urban Development | 21 Comments »

Matthew Denker is filling in 37 Eagle Street. For real.
By Matthew Denker

Welcome to the first part of Filling In: 37 Eagle Street. I’d love to tell you how many parts to expect, but I don’t really know. What I can tell you is that this is the first Filling In about a real live project: my wife and I are building ourselves a house at 37 Eagle Street external link in Corn Hill.

So what gives? Why a house, you say? Well, I’ve always dreamed of building myself a house, and if you haven’t noticed from previous columns, I’m very much interested in developing Rochester. If that’s not a fortuitous intersection of desires, I don’t know what is…

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RIT Student Concepts for Ward Supply Building

November 17th, 2014
Posted in Rochester News, Urban Development | 4 Comments »

The old Ward Plumbing Supply building at 739 South Clinton Ave. [PHOTO: Google]
By Mike Governale

While Buckingham Properties is hard at work breathing new life into Rochester’s old Ward Plumbing Supply building at 739 South Clinton Avenue external link a group of RIT architecture students is simultaneously using the project to test their own chops. The wild concepts the students came up with are fun to compare with the actual project…

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Filling In: Charlotte Street

November 13th, 2014
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Charlotte Street, Rochester NY. [PHOTO: Google]
By Matthew Denker

It’s kind of amazing we haven’t looked at Charlotte Street external link already, but better late than never. Also, the RFP from the city is out, so there’s that. You can read the details here external link. Let’s just say the city is much more open minded about this proposal than the one for Midtown Parcel 5.

This proposal, in case you’re curious, is due December 5th. It’s going to be a busy few weeks for you if you’re trying to submit for this and Site 5

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Thievin’ Stephen Street Art to Benefit Non-profit, Reconnect Rochester

November 9th, 2014
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Street artist Thievin' Stephen has donated some of his work to benefit Reconnect Rochester, a 501(c)3 non-profit group working to improve transit alternatives in our area. [PHOTO: Thievin' Stephen]
By Mike Governale

You may recall waaay back in 2010 a group of RocSubway readers got together with the intent of drumming up support for transportation alternatives in Rochester. In a town where the car is king, that was to be no easy task. But we’ve been making measurable progress. Find out how you can help, AND get some original Thievin’ Stephen artwork as a thank-you…

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Amazing! Virtual Tour of Rochester Subway on Google Street View

November 7th, 2014
Posted in Art + Culture, Rochester Destinations, Rochester Images, Rochester Subway, Train/Railroad Stuff, Transit + Infrastructure, Urban Exploration | 12 Comments »

A local photographer has begun capturing the abandoned Rochester subway for viewing on Google Street View. [PHOTO: Mark Goho]
By Mike Governale

Okay urban explorers and subway fans, lay down some newspaper and get ready to have your minds blown. A local photographer, Mark Goho, has made it his mission to capture 360º panoramas of Rochester parks external link to share with the world on Google Views. Mark’s latest project took him deep underground and, with a few clicks of a camera and mouse, he has given the general public unfettered access into the abandoned Rochester subway…

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Filling In: Midtown… Parcel 5

November 6th, 2014
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Let's take a look the City's RFP for Midtown Parcel 5...
By Matthew Denker

As some of you may or may not know, the city recently released a Request For Proposals (RFP) external link for the redevelopment of another piece of the Midtown site. Parcel 5 external link, the site in question, is the very long block from Main St to Elm St and between the Windstream building to the west and 1 East Avenue (Bank of America) to the east. Let’s go back to our trusty Midtown site plan for a visual…

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Rochester’s First Parklet

November 3rd, 2014
Posted in Rochester Destinations, Rochester News, Urban Development | 18 Comments »

Next spring construction will begin on Rochester's first parklet in front of Joe Bean Coffee Roasters. [IMAGE: Staach]
By Mike Governale

Next spring construction will begin on Rochester’s first parklet—a mini public space—in front of Joe Bean Coffee Roasters external link. Parklets are a relatively new urban feature you may have seen popping up in metros across the country. These makeshift public spaces typically extend out from the sidewalk into adjacent parking spaces offering people a place to stop, to sit, and to rest while taking in the activities of the street…

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Transit Authority May Rename Mortimer Street “RTS Way”

October 29th, 2014
Posted in Opinion, Rochester History, Rochester News, Transit + Infrastructure, Urban Development | 31 Comments »

RTS wants to change the name of Mortimer Street to RTS Way.
By Mike Governale

Next month Rochester’s transportation authority, Regional Transit Service (RTS) will open a new $50 million transit center at Mortimer Street in downtown Rochester. According to a D&C story external link RTS has requested that the City change the name of Mortimer Street to “RTS Way.” Mortimer Street external link has quietly existed between N. Clinton Ave and Saint Paul Street since Rochesterville was incorporated in 1817.

I’ve spent the last five years of my life advocating for Rochester’s public transit system and building a good working relationship with folks at RTS. That’s why I know they will take what I’m about to say as constructive criticism, and nothing more. Here it goes:

Renaming Mortimer Street after yourself is a bad idea. Don’t do it!! Now, let me explain…

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Lonely Medley Centre Tells All… sort of

October 17th, 2014
Posted in Art + Culture, Interviews, Rochester News | 3 Comments »

RochesterSubway.com sat down with the Lonely Medley Centre, a parody Twitter account that has many people asking who's behind it.
By Mike Governale

If you’re a regular follower of the #ROC Twitter scene, you have undoubtedly come across the musings of Lonely Medley Centre. The parody Twitter account @MedleyCentre external link has racked up over 1,000 followers since February and has catapulted into this year’s Best of Rochester contest alongside @RachelBarnhart.

No one seems to know who is behind the account which describes itself as “Just an empty mall looking for a few friends.” So I thought, as an empty subway tunnel, maybe we could hang out and get to know each other…

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Rochester Museum and Science Center Expansion

October 15th, 2014
Posted in Art + Culture, Opinion, Rochester Destinations, Rochester News, Urban Development | 10 Comments »

The Rochester Museum and Science Center is planning an expansion to link the main museum building on East Avenue with the Strasenburgh Planetarium next door.
By Mike Governale

Rochester Museum and Science Center external link is planning an expansion to link the main museum building on East Avenue with the Strasenburgh Planetarium next door. The $7 million project will be paid for with the help of private donations and a variety of grants.

Now, most people seem to agree the link between the two buildings is greatly needed. However, since renderings were released last spring, the design aesthetic has been a hotly debated topic…

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Historic Cunningham Carriage Returns to Rochester

October 6th, 2014
Posted in Rochester Destinations, Rochester History, Rochester Images, Rochester News, Transit + Infrastructure, Urban Development | 3 Comments »

After more than 140 years after leaving the Cunningham Carriage Factory on Litchfield Street in Rochester NY, a late-19th century brougham-style carriage returned home on Tuesday, September 30.
The following post by Amy Cavalier was originally published at DePaul.org.

Thousands of miles, several movie appearances and more than 140 years after leaving the Cunningham Carriage Factory on Litchfield Street in Rochester NY, a late-19th century brougham-style carriage returned home on Tuesday, September 30…

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TEDxRochester 2014

September 30th, 2014
Posted in Events, Rochester Destinations, Rochester News | 3 Comments »

TEDxRochester is November 2014. Register before October 8.
By Mike Governale

As an alumn of TEDxRochester, I want to give a quick plug for this upcoming event. And I’m doubly happy to tell you about this year’s speakers as there are several whom I have personal connections with, and deep respect for. This is a jam packed line up…

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