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Transit Authority May Rename Mortimer Street “RTS Way”

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

RTS wants to change the name of Mortimer Street to RTS Way.
By Mike Governale

Next month Rochester’s transportation authority, Regional Transit Service (RTS) will open a new $50 million transit center at Mortimer Street in downtown Rochester. According to a D&C story external link RTS has requested that the City change the name of Mortimer Street to “RTS Way.” Mortimer Street external link has quietly existed between N. Clinton Ave and Saint Paul Street since Rochesterville was incorporated in 1817.

I’ve spent the last five years of my life advocating for Rochester’s public transit system and building a good working relationship with folks at RTS. That’s why I know they will take what I’m about to say as constructive criticism, and nothing more. Here it goes:

Renaming Mortimer Street after yourself is a bad idea. Don’t do it!! Now, let me explain…

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Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
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Posted in Opinion, Rochester History, Rochester News, Transit + Infrastructure, Urban Development | 31 Comments »

Rochester Museum and Science Center Expansion

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

The Rochester Museum and Science Center is planning an expansion to link the main museum building on East Avenue with the Strasenburgh Planetarium next door.
By Mike Governale

Rochester Museum and Science Center external link is planning an expansion to link the main museum building on East Avenue with the Strasenburgh Planetarium next door. The $7 million project will be paid for with the help of private donations and a variety of grants.

Now, most people seem to agree the link between the two buildings is greatly needed. However, since renderings were released last spring, the design aesthetic has been a hotly debated topic…

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Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
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A Beautiful Day for a Change

Friday, September 26th, 2014

A bike parked outside the Village Gate, Rochester NY.
By Mike Governale

I’m generally a pretty happy person, but this time of year I’ve noticed my spirit has a tendency to drop a few pegs. Probably has something to do with the shorter days or whatever. Who knows. Anyway, it occurs to me that I’m not alone. There are LOTS of unhappy people out there. If you drive on the highways and byways of greater Rochester, you’ll get to meet many of them.

This week I foolishly let myself get drawn into not one, but two ugly squabbles. The first was with a driver who sped up to catch me from behind (in the right lane mind you) and then refused to let me merge when our two lanes became one. So, like a bozo, I whaled on my horn for a while and shook my fist in the air at the guy to make sure he saw me in his rear view mirror…

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Friday, September 26th, 2014
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Closure of Route 52 “Really Gets My Goat”

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

RGRTA announced that it would pull the plug on cross-town route 52.
Many transit loving Rochesterians, put off by the RTS “hub and spoke” system, have long clamored for the convenience of crosstown routes. The new Route 52 answered those calls by connecting the Park Ave neighborhood with the University of Rochester Medical Center (via Goodman and Elmwood) without having to stop and transfer downtown. The new route had many of us excited external link.

But after less than a year of service, RGRTA said Route 52 drew too few customers external link to keep it going. And a little over a week ago, RGRTA announced that it would pull the plug…

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Sunday, August 10th, 2014
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Guess What This Thursday is… ROC Transit Day!

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

ROC Transit Day is this Thursday. Make plans now to leave your car parked.
Reconnect Rochester is a non-profit organization I founded a few years ago to advocate for transportation alternatives in Rochester. We work for pedestrian-friendly streets, and we push for improved public transportation. These things are important to me because I’ve seen firsthand what happens to places that focus too much attention on providing spaces for automobiles, and not enough on spaces for people.

If you don’t quite get what I’m talking about, you can listen to me blabber on external link. But if you’re already with me, please make plans to leave your car at home this Thursday; a day we’re calling “ROC Transit Day”…

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Tuesday, June 17th, 2014
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It’s Dead

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Lake Avenue Improvement Project
Sorry. I didn’t mean to scare you with the alarming headline, but the traffic-calming project that was proposed for Lake Avenue (at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery) is dead. I received word yesterday from a friend in Charlotte that Mayor Lovely Warren has ordered City engineers to kill the planned lane reduction. Warren caved in to pressure from Charlotte residents & merchants who feared the lane reduction would cause traffic jams and hurt businesses in Charlotte.

In addition to reconstructing the 1 mile section of Lake Avenue, the plan would have reduced the lanes from four to three – with one lane in each direction plus a center turn lane. Why would the City take away traffic lanes?! Relax, you don’t have to worry about it anymore…

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Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
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Posted in Opinion, Rochester News, Transit + Infrastructure | 26 Comments »

Put Your Best Face Forward: Parking Belongs in the Rear

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Much commercial development in Rochester places the parking lot between the sidewalk and the building. Can we change this?
There’s a new development called I-Square external link being built right now in Irondequoit. It’s one of those “new urban” designs with mixed-use buildings placed along the sidewalk and a little public space in the center of it all. Where’s the parking? Right where it should be, behind the buildings, hidden from the street. The end result will be an attractive street front and a destination for people to come and walk around – maybe spend a little time and money. Very exciting.

But right around the corner, on Hudson Avenue, is a proposal for a new Aldi grocery store. It’s the exact opposite of I-Square – a more typical, drive in & drive out, sub-urban design. This got me thinking…

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Monday, October 14th, 2013
Posted in Opinion, Rochester News, Urban Development | 16 Comments »

Inner Loop Informational Meeting Tonight

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Inner Loop East Reconstruction Project
Reconnect Rochester external link has alerted us to an important informational meeting tonight about the Inner Loop’s future (or lack thereof). As we wait to find out whether or not this project will be a recipient of a USDOT TIGER grant, the City is moving forward with plans to scale down a large portion the underutilized 12-lane highway. Ultimately that will mean greater connectivity between downtown and the neighborhoods to the east, and lower road maintenance costs in the long run. If there was ever a big road project to support, this is it.

Read what Reconnect Rochester has to say about the project external link and attend the meeting tonight to learn more… 6-8pm on the third floor of City Hall external link.

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