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RocLinks 10/15/16

October 15th, 2016

Belnord Apartments in 1921 (now the Rite Aid at Monroe and Goodman) [PHOTO: Rochester Museum and Science Center
By Matthew Denker

Baby Steps

If you spend any amount of time looking at real estate in Rochester, you might discover that there are a non-zero number of vacant properties (although not as many as you might think). Others have noticed too, and a reportexternal link on them has been written by Monroe County. While some of their solutions are laudable, it seems that access to capital for renovations isn’t there. This is one of the biggest problems, whether it’s for home owners themselves or investors.

Read on for more of this week’s RocLinks…

From the Department of Iffy Ideas

As a UofR alum, I’d like to take a moment to go on record and say that arming campus safetyexternal link is a terrible idea. There’s not even particular evidence that this is fixing any actual problem, and I am troubled by the reference to the recent kidnapping as some sort of reason to have guns. It’s not like the two students were grabbed and taken in front of two campus safety officers who looked on helplessly unarmed. As a personal anecdote, I recently rode the new commuter rail line in Denver. It was uncomfortable. While riding a commuter train in NYC (LIRR for example), your ticket is checked/punched/taken by a friendly conductor type who happens to bravely carry around a sizable wad of cash. In Denver, you cannot buy a ticket on the train, and your ticket is checked by an armed transit police officer carrying no money. I thought we were the good, real Americans out here. Not the people of NYC. Something is wrong.

Pour Me a Drink

If a story about UofR arming their guards is driving you to drink, as it is me, maybe you should try the new ginexternal link being released by Black Button. If you’re at risk to get shot locally, you might as well drink locally too.

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And finally, new storesexternal link are opening all over, including a pet store at the long vacant Blockbuster location on the corner of Goodman and Monroe. Best of luck to everyone.

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5 Responses to “RocLinks 10/15/16”

  1. Powers says:

    /Another/ pet store on Monroe?

  2. Patrick says:

    Check that vacant property link. I get a story about fried cakes.

  3. Woof. Sorry. Should work now. Thanks.

    And yeah, apparently Monroe is the place to go for pets. Go figure.

  4. Ben says:

    I live off Monroe, you’d be surprised how many people have dogs in the neighborhood. I think the new pet store should do pretty well, I know I’m looking forward to it just as a convenience thing.

  5. AmyRyb says:

    To clarify the UR thing…only 42 officers will be armed, and all but four of those will be in the emergency department at the hospital. The other four are senior officers. So there won’t be any sort of heavy armed officer presence on the academic campus. I would assume President Seligman got very specific feedback about the ED, because I don’t see him as the type of guy who would go that route unnecessarily. There is already a decent amount of crime around the campus so if he was like that I feel he would have gone that route sooner and broader than he is now.


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