From local development to just plain news of the weird, here are your RocLinks for this past week…
So does everyone remember ISquare? We’ve talked about it some here (the pertinent one) and here and here. ISquare is basically the biggest thing to happen to Irondequoit since redlining made it a place for Rochesterians to flee to (not fact checked – potentially something larger has happened). Well what if I were to tell you that this quiet, suburban enclave has just seen its prize new-urbanist project go completely sideways in the course of a week? And it seems that COMIDA has gone along for the ride too. I wish the Nolans the best in their endeavors to match doing the right thing with doing ‘the thing’ as per the status quo.
Would you like to lease your home? Of course – owning is for chumps. Oh wait, this is about the company named Home Leasing? Well in that case, take a look at them talking about their project in the East End, Charlotte Square. The webcam (here, in case you’ve forgotten) shows great progress.
This Week in NIMBYs
Just when you thought you had escaped Irondequoit news, it sucks you straight back in. Some developers want to build fancy new condos along the river in Irondequoit. If you can imagine, they say that the condos will add to the area (jobs, taxes, etc.) while the neighbors say it will detract (their views, traffic, etc.). Your guess is as good as mine whether the condos get built, but I always wonder how developers pick a project like this instead of one that’s easier to build and potentially more profitable elsewhere in the metro (or outside it, even). It’s not like there isn’t easily acquired land zoned for an apartment building already just lying around on the market.
Sorry to have so much suburban news this week, but there was just so much of it (shocking, I know). For this bit we head to Victor, where a town whose existence owes itself entirely to taking advantage of a variety of tax loopholes and government funded largess (multiple highways built to it with other people’s money, anyone?) has come out against the idea of a state wide minimum wage hike. Maybe they’re just afraid the mall will move to neighboring states that can still exploit part time workers with poor transit options for getting there?
Neat Ideas to ‘Borrow’
And finally, an art installation in Cincinnati rubs me all the right ways, so here it is. Wouldn’t this be nice in Rochester? If anyone is interested, you know where to find me.
As always, use the comments below as open discussion for anything in these links – or let us know if there’s a topic you’d like to see us hit more aggressively in future RocLinks. Have a great weekend!
Tags: art, Charlotte Square, Cincinnati, Irondequoit, Irondequoit Square, Lighthouse Point, Matt Denker, Matthew Denker, NIMBY, RocLinks, Victor
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