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August 20th, 2016

Lincoln Rochester Trust Branch [PHOTO: Rochester Daily Record 6/9/1958]
By Matthew Denker

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

Late Suds

Late as in, I am late to the party. The 585 Brewer’s Collaborative anounced a collaborative beerexternal link to debut at the Flour City Brewer’s Fest (yesterday). If someone thinks about it, save me one.

Other Things I’m Late on

So there are toursexternal link of different neighborhoods all weekend. But the really good ones (I’m biased) were of Susan B last night. I love the neighborhood and think with just a little extra TLC (it’s already pretty spectacular), it could be the kind of small gem that Grove Place is on the east side.

Ongoing Sad Subsidies

In another of years worth of efforts to keep good jobs away from ‘bad people,’ the state OK’edexternal link millions in subsidies for a tech park in the middle of nowhere. If this sounds like it sets the employment base up to need to afford and own cars to have a job, you’d be right.

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And finally, some really great photos of the effects of Urban Highways can be found over at Next City.external link The photos are of St. Louis, but they could easily be here (and somewhat sadly, anywhere). Even the bank above was built on the idea that Plymouth was likely to be the Inner Loop Route (which it was for a little) – clearly that didn’t exactly work out.

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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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PS – The bank branch rendered in the newspaper article opened on 8/17/59 at 65 Fitzhugh Street North. That’s what is now city hall in the background to the right and the tower of Downtown United Presbyterian on the left. I don’t know when the bank was torn down, but it clearly didn’t make it much longer than the Church did before it. If anyone knows, I’d love to hear it. This site was formerly the First Methodist Episcopal Church, which was dedicated in 1900. It burned down in 1933. By 1935, this was already on the plat map as parking lot. By 1952, some kind of offices (possibly in an out-building) were on the site, as a company that ran parking lots in Rochester was based here.

First Methodist Episcopal Church [PHOTO: Albert R. Stone Negative Collection RMSC]

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4 Responses to “RocLinks 8/20/16”

  1. Powers says:

    The people in Genesee and Orleans Counties need jobs, too, you know.

  2. But already have cars, and could easily commute into Rochester. And will still need cars to commute to this job there. People without cars, perhaps in Rochester, would be unable to access said jobs. It’s by design.

  3. Richard Rolwing says:

    I thought that church looked familiar! (Well, it was more the location that jogged my memory)…Here’s a great pic from the Subway “archives” that shows a more general view of it’s urban context (and what a context it was!)…Of course the tower looks miniscule compared to the close-up shot but after a while I was convinced it had to be the same church–
    Any idea what happened to the other church just to the left (First Baptist Church)…http://www.rochestersubway.com/images/photos/rochester-federal-building-fitzhugh-street-1904-small.jpg

  4. Richard Rolwing says:

    The link I posted only takes you to the photo (and a crummy one at that) but if you click on the tag “First Methodist Episcopal Church,” it will take you right to the accompanying story (and a much better photo)…


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