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St. Boniface Church in 1911 [PHOTO: Albert R. Stone Negative Collection, Rochester Museum & Science Center]
By Matthew Denker

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

The Circle of Life

Remember how the city fought against Marketplace Mall getting built for years, as it would hurt Midtown? Well Midtown’s long gone, and now, as is the pyramid scheme of suburban ‘investment,’ so too is Marketplace Mall.external link Unable to compete with Eastview, it’s switching formats to an outlet mall. I look forward to it being torn down for hundreds of single family homes built by Ryan in a decade or so.

The Wages of Uncertainty

In case you ever wondered, “Gee, would the constant threat of my property being condemned and taken from me prevent me from making much needed improvements to it?” The answer is yes.external link I look forward to one of the final pieces of downtown as we think of it getting the same refresh as the rest of it. This can only be good.

Douglass Fandom

In other news, Corey Booker (D-NJ) is a HUGE fanexternal link of Frederick Douglass. Consider this an open invitation to Senator Booker to come to Rochester so I (we) can make him a huge fan of the city FD called home as well.

Homeward Bound

A long missing statue from St. Boniface in the South Wedge will soon be homeexternal link after going missing for nearly 60 year. The statue was carted off with the rubble from a fire in 1957 and thought gone forever. Welcome back!

New and Improved!

And finally, Rochester apparently had quite a few new restaurants/venues/attractions open over the winter.external link As a true fraud, I’ve managed to visit exactly zero of these establishments, but my brother tells me Mac’s in Corn Hill is decent, which is about the best review you’re likely to get of a cheesesteak outside Philly from a native.

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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!

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4 Responses to “RocLinks 6/4/16”

  1. Powers says:

    It seems highly unlikely that anyone would want to live on the Marketplace Mall parcel should it wind up torn down (which also seems rather unlikely at this point, as well as not something one should wish for).

  2. AryehCW says:

    Isn’t Marketplace where the original airport was?

  3. Michael says:

    “I look forward to it being torn down for hundreds of single family homes built by Ryan in a decade or so.”

    head of nail, meet hammer

  4. Matt says:

    @AryehCW: Marketplace Mall was the site of a private airport before the mall was built.

    There is a lot of positive feedback for Marketplace to switch formats so it might be a bit hasty to call it’s demise before it even changes.


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