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February 22nd, 2015

High Falls in the Snow. [PHOTO: Rich Engelbrecht, Flickr]
By Matthew Denker

Did you hear, last week Rochester earned a spot on a top ten list of most creative cities? It’s true. From local development to just plain news of the weird, here are your RocLinks for this past week…


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Rochester has been ranked as one of the top 10 most creative cities external link in the country. The article references us as having the 12th most bookstores. While I, personally, love Greenwood Books external link, I’m curious what and where all the other bookstores are. Either that or there are dozens of large cities without a bookstore, which sounds terrible.

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As long time readers know, it pains me to post links about things happening outside of the city. Unfortunately, Whole Foods’s in-your-face challenge external linkto Wegman’s hegemony is too much to pass up on. This now raises the question of how many $40 ostrich eggs external link Brighton can/will consume. Your guesses in the comments would be much appreciated.

Hospital(ity)

The Highland Hospital is hoping to break ground this spring external link (presumably after Rochester thaws out) on a new expansion. If you recall, long time residents of the neighborhood aren’t big fans external link of the change. In fact, they weren’t too keen on my ideas either. That said, the expansion looks relatively innocuous, even if whatever diseases are treated in it surely won’t be.

Preservation and You

The Landmark Society has announced their 2015 Spring Partners Roundupexternal link. I recommend going so much that I will likely be there myself. I am, sadly, not a member of the YUPs external link, but I will personally vouch for them being awesome people.

High Falls in the Snow. [PHOTO: Zack Seward, Flickr]

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And finally, please, everyone, shovel out hydrants on your property. You never know when external link they could come in handy.

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6 Responses to “RocLinks 2/21/15”

  1. Irene says:

    A few years ago Brighton had a design charette and created a vision for Monroe Ave. I wish this development would move us toward the vision, but so far it doesn’t look like it will. This stretch of Monroe is terribly unsafe for people, whether they are in cars, on bikes, or on foot – and it’s ugly too. Here is the vision site http://www.townofbrighton.org/index.aspx?NID=661

  2. Jay says:

    I would not count on Whole Foods showing up. The demand is not really there; the traffic is a BIG issue (I may buy a drone to go pick up my groceries); Whole Foods has no (admitted) knowledge of this; and the media’s big mouth always talks up a storm before the forecast is even delivered. I will give the Danielle’s credit for their ability to get things done, but this is a huge project with big players in a small town that thinks big, but never really follows through. Too many obstacles perhaps.

  3. ACW says:

    No one ever goes on Monroe Avenue anymore, there’s too much traffic.

  4. 1.) I took a look at the Monroe ave charette materials. Those are excellent common sense upgrades with just a little too much commitment to parking, especially off street parking. Ignoring that, it would be nice to see some of that happen.

    2.) that’s the real go getter attitude that makes sure projects happen and succeed in Rochester.

    3.) excellent channeling of yogi Berra.

    4.) separately, the people of Rochester have no idea what traffic is. There’s not enough on Monroe ave to make whole foods blink.

  5. Jay says:

    Actually, I am a huge proponent of progressive, thoughtful planning. I too worked on the charette. This is a project I just can’t fully support. Access to the site is limited, and adding another light will only slow things down even more. As is it does not seem very pedestrian friendly. Perhaps something along the lines of Park Point at RIT, but on a smaller scale.

  6. I mean, I’m on-board with not supporting the project, if only because it really does nothing to address the issue of better multi-modal access and Monroe Ave. That said, it really won’t make much of a dent one way or another in traffic, which is just not that bad. It would also be plenty successful. Whole Foods is synonymous with the sort of upscale community Brighton would like to be viewed as. It’s a wonder they’re even eating anything right now. Send a thank you note to Danny Wegman.


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