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April 16th, 2016

Rochester Inner Loop North [PHOTO: Author]
By Matthew Denker

From local development to just plain news of the weird, here are your RocLinks for this past week…

*Cough* *Cough*

Be careful out there. As you may have heard, UofR is experiencingexternal link a rather large norovirus outbreak at the moment. Wash your hands and get well soon, everyone.

Gamble!

It appears the city of Rochester is so hard up for a performing arts center downtown that they are willing to mortgageexternal link the entirety of downtown on a casino. It’s a gamble. It could work – I was just at the Horseshoe in Cleveland, and the setup is rather good, but it could also be lousy – Sugarhouse isn’t doing its immediate neighborhood any favors in Philadelphia, nor is Harrah’s in Chester.

More Filling In

Mayor Warren brought upexternal link filling in the Northern Inner Loop in her State of the City address the other day. I’d like to talk more about this in a full length article, but let me spoil it here by saying this is the right thing to do. The Inner Loop should be removed completely, and the street grid around town replaced. This should extend to the duplicative and unnecessary on ramps to 490 between the south wedge and downtown. In addition all this needs be accompanied with an upzoning, inclusionary zoning, and neighborhood improvement grants to the entire affected area. There is no reason that a robust and thriving downtown cannot extend all the way to the market, the post office, and the train station.

How Bizarre

Apparently Rochester is chock-a-blockexternal link with knockoff designer goods. Who knew?

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And finally, if bird watching is your thing, then you’re welcome. external link Enjoy watching these nesting falcons on top of the Times Square Building downtown.

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5 Responses to “RocLinks 4/16/16”

  1. Rando Winter says:

    Why the heck would any town like Charlotte get behind a 35-story hotel that will crash into the river within five years? Rochester mayor’s solution: fire the engineering firm that delivered the bad news and use all non-local workers. Hmmm.

  2. Paris says:

    Why does everyone always have something negative to say? Smh

  3. When was the last time a major building collapsed in the US? This isn’t about to be the first. It’s also only 12 stories, not 35. At 35, it’d be, basically, the tallest building in Rochester. At its planned height, it’s unlikely to be taller than the preexisting affordable housing at Charlotte Harbortown.

    I do wonder if they’d support a casino going in there. They’ve been vocal about getting an attraction instead of housing.

  4. John says:

    News flash, Rochester is by far not the first city to build a building on fill or questionable land. The hotel is also on the small side compared to whats built in say Boston or Manhattan on fill.

    I’m pretty anti-casino, but in Charlotte it could be worth it because it could get traffic from cruises on the Great Lakes. Without table games though it’d be a weak draw. Its much better than putting it downtown.

  5. Richard Long says:

    Would everyone who is old enough to remember the Inner Loop being dug out in the 1960s please raise your hand.

    OK, now everyone old enough to remember getting off the loop westbound just West of the river and detouring over to Broad Street to get back on 490 W, and how long the Detour took raise your hand.

    How about everyone who remembers 490E ending at Mt Reid?

    Anybody recall getting off I47 at Scottsville Rd, driving over to Elmwood to cross the river, past Strong to W Henrietta Rd?

    Lovely Warren doesn’t remember traffic in Rochester before the Loop was completed and she also doesn’t remember the air being dirty enough that you couldn’t see Xerox tower from Mt Reid and 490. She also isn’t old enough to remember when Rochester had downtown businesses and offices, both of which her predecessor Mayors chased out of the city.
    Lovely is nuttier than a bucket of squirrel crap.


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