RochesterSubway.com has been digging up stories from Rochester’s past and uncovering new ideas that will undoubtedly shape our community’s future. The following individuals are active contributors to the site but ANYONE—including YOU—may contribute a story (or a rant) at any time as long as it has something to do with Rochester, NY. Submit your story by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mike Governale is an Interactive Art Director at a Rochester-based ad agency. After a design project led him to create a popular artistic map of Rochester’s abandoned subway system, he established RochesterSubway.com and began digging deeper into Rochester’s past. Mike considers public transit central to civic progress and, in 2010, he co-founded Reconnect Rochester , a 501(c)3 organization working to build a more balanced transportation network. Mike relocated to Rochester from Long Island in 1995 to study Illustration and Graphic Design at Rochester Institute of Technology.
Matthew Denker is a real estate developer in Rochester, NY. He has a deep interest in new urbanism, walkability, mass transit, and land use. He is currently the President of the Inner Loop Country Club. Going forward he hopes to combine all of those things to make Rochester a city competitive not only with other small, successful cities, such as Portland and Minneapolis, but even better by leveraging its easy access to the world-class cities of Toronto and New York. His ongoing Filling-in series aims to spark the imaginations of those willing to take a chance and invest in Rochester. He also writes the blog 37 Eagle Street about the house he and his wife are currently building in Corn Hill.
Clarke Condé is a photographer, political consultant and Rochester native, though not always in that order. He has a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Geography, has served as the Director of the Rochester Building Trades and likes his hometown more than is probably good for him. His latest book, Work in Rochester is available at Amazon. You can see more of his photographic work at Condephotography.com and flip through all of his RocSubway posts right here.
Award winning writer, blogger and humor columnist Joanne Brokaw lives on Rochester’s east side with two dogs, a cat, six chickens and one very patient husband. She loves to spend time in area cemeteries and is fascinated with Rochester history, especially the stories of Rochester’s forgotten residents, from innovators and adventurers to madams and murder victims. She’s the author of What The Dog Said , a collection of humor columns. She’s currently working on her second book, focused on people buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery. You can learn more about her at JoanneBrokaw.com and flip through all of her RocSubway posts right here.
“Snoop Junkie” is the alias for the preferably anonymous founder of the Rochester Urban Exploration Squad . Exploring the neglected and not commonly seen components of the man-made environment, combined with an interest in the history and architecture of Rochester, is a hobby passed down from Snoop Junkie’s father since probing our city’s subway tunnels as a child many years ago. Aside from the “urbex” grind, Snoop Junkie is a veteran of the United States Air Force serving as a Civil Engineering Assistant out in the Mid-West. Upon returning to Rochester after service, Snoop Junkie spent some years in the architectural field, then eventually ended up and continues to work in the telecommunications industry. Family, pizza, sports and an occasional Victory Dirt Wolf IPA sums up the rest of this story 😉 See all of Snoop Junkie’s posts here.
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