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DO NOT MISS……… Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, New Year’s Eve

Sunday, December 21st, 2014

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad's new album, Steady, debuted this fall at #1 on the Billboard Reggae Chart, iTunes' Reggae Chart, and Amazon's Reggae Chart. [IMAGE: LivePanda.com]
By Mike Governale

Being called one of the most innovative reggae bands out there today external link, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad is rocketing into 2015 with momentum. The group’s previous album In These Times earned a spot on iTunes “Best of 2012″ list. And their new album, Steady debuted this fall at #1 on the Billboard Reggae Chart, iTunes’ Reggae Chart, and Amazon’s Reggae Chart. Cider Magazine called it, “one of the best reggae albums ever made.”

Without a doubt, Giant Panda has become one of Rochester’s hottest musical exports…

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Sunday, December 21st, 2014
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Wear to Where . . . . . . . Irondequoit Bay Outlet Bridge

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Next in the Wear to Where series, we look to the Irondequoit Bay Outlet Bridge. [PHOTO: Clarke Condé]
By Clarke Condé

Next in the Wear to Where series, we look to the Irondequoit Bay Outlet Bridge. For years this span of 180 feet has been less of a unifier than a divider in this community, but Senator Chuck Schumer has an idea (or rather wants someone to come up with an idea) that could change that permanently…

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Thursday, December 11th, 2014
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Posted in Art + Culture, Rochester Destinations, Rochester Images, Rochester News, Transit + Infrastructure | 1 Comment »

See Ya Later Inner Loop. Hello, Inner Horseshoe?

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Google Maps updated their map of Rochester this week. Notice anything different?
By Mike Governale

Google Maps updated their view of Rochester external link this week. Notice anything different? Let’s zoom in on that visual a bit…

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Thursday, December 11th, 2014
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Posted in Opinion, Rochester Images, Rochester News, Transit + Infrastructure, Urban Development | 19 Comments »

Development Update… 179 Atlantic Avenue

Monday, December 8th, 2014

179 Atlantic Avenue has been completely overhauled inside and out. The building is nearing completion and almost ready for occupants sometime around the new year. [PHOTO: Steve Vogt]
By Steve Vogt

There’s tons of development happening all over the city of Rochester. In addition to the bigger ones, I thought I’d keep you updated on some of the smaller projects that are less spoken about.

179 Atlantic Avenue has been completely overhauled inside and out. The building is nearing completion and will be ready for occupants sometime around the new year…

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Monday, December 8th, 2014
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Posted in Rochester News, Urban Development | 12 Comments »

Rochester Mini Maker Faire: A Kid’s Perspective

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

Rochester Mini Maker Faire was jam packed with cool robots, fun activities, and creative stuff to make, and buy. Ella (10) from Iroquois Middle School tells us about some of her favorite things that she saw there. [PHOTO: Ella's Mom]
The following is a guest post submitted by Ella (10) of Iroquois Middle School. Submit your story today.

On Sunday [November 22] my mom took my little brother and me to Rochester Mini Maker Faire external link. There were a lot of cool robots, fun activities, and art to make, and buy. I want to tell you about some of my favorite things that I saw there…

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Sunday, December 7th, 2014
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Bus Stop Cubes Could Give Transit Riders in Rochester a Place to Rest

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Reconnect Rochester is aiming to come up with a solution for the lack of seating at bus stops in our region.
By Mike Governale

Have you ever noticed someone standing on the side a busy road or sitting on the curb while waiting for a bus? The lack of seating at bus stops in our area is a real problem, especially for seniors and people with disabilities. This week however, Reconnect Rochester unveiled a clever solution external link which they believe could change this picture…

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Sunday, November 23rd, 2014
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Posted in Rochester News, Transit + Infrastructure | 10 Comments »

RIT Student Concepts for Ward Supply Building

Monday, November 17th, 2014

The old Ward Plumbing Supply building at 739 South Clinton Ave. [PHOTO: Google]
By Mike Governale

While Buckingham Properties is hard at work breathing new life into Rochester’s old Ward Plumbing Supply building at 739 South Clinton Avenue external link a group of RIT architecture students is simultaneously using the project to test their own chops. The wild concepts the students came up with are fun to compare with the actual project…

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Monday, November 17th, 2014
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Posted in Rochester News, Urban Development | 4 Comments »

Rochester’s First Parklet

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Next spring construction will begin on Rochester's first parklet in front of Joe Bean Coffee Roasters. [IMAGE: Staach]
By Mike Governale

Next spring construction will begin on Rochester’s first parklet—a mini public space—in front of Joe Bean Coffee Roasters external link. Parklets are a relatively new urban feature you may have seen popping up in metros across the country. These makeshift public spaces typically extend out from the sidewalk into adjacent parking spaces offering people a place to stop, to sit, and to rest while taking in the activities of the street…

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Monday, November 3rd, 2014
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Sneak Peek Inside the Future ‘Woodbury Place’

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Merkel Donahue building, Oct 2014. Development Update on 210 South Avenue, Rochester NY. [PHOTO: Steve Vogt]
By Steve Vogt

RocSubway is excited to share with you some exclusive pictures of an exciting downtown development. 210 South Avenue external link is currently being transformed into future commercial and residential space in the heart of downtown Rochester. The building currently known as the Merkel Donohue building—and its connected buildings—will be transformed into a mix of commercial & residential space and will go by the name of Woodbury Place…

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Monday, November 3rd, 2014
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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 | 34 Comments »

Lonely Medley Centre Tells All… sort of

Friday, October 17th, 2014

RochesterSubway.com sat down with the Lonely Medley Centre, a parody Twitter account that has many people asking who's behind it.
By Mike Governale

If you’re a regular follower of the #ROC Twitter scene, you have undoubtedly come across the musings of Lonely Medley Centre. The parody Twitter account @MedleyCentre external link has racked up over 1,000 followers since February and has catapulted into this year’s Best of Rochester contest alongside @RachelBarnhart.

No one seems to know who is behind the account which describes itself as “Just an empty mall looking for a few friends.” So I thought, as an empty subway tunnel, maybe we could hang out and get to know each other…

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Friday, October 17th, 2014
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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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Historic Cunningham Carriage Returns to Rochester

Monday, October 6th, 2014

After more than 140 years after leaving the Cunningham Carriage Factory on Litchfield Street in Rochester NY, a late-19th century brougham-style carriage returned home on Tuesday, September 30.
The following post by Amy Cavalier was originally published at DePaul.org.

Thousands of miles, several movie appearances and more than 140 years after leaving the Cunningham Carriage Factory on Litchfield Street in Rochester NY, a late-19th century brougham-style carriage returned home on Tuesday, September 30…

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Monday, October 6th, 2014
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TEDxRochester 2014

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

TEDxRochester is November 2014. Register before October 8.
By Mike Governale

As an alumn of TEDxRochester, I want to give a quick plug for this upcoming event. And I’m doubly happy to tell you about this year’s speakers as there are several whom I have personal connections with, and deep respect for. This is a jam packed line up…

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Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
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Toast Our Region on the Niagara Wine Train

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

A new way to enjoy Rochester's wine trails, Niagara Wine Trail Train Excursions will begin on September 27. [PHOTO: Mike Dorofy]
By Mike Governale

The Niagara Wine Trail—right in our backyard—features 20 wineries and stretches from Lewiston to Rochester, along the Niagara Escarpment and the Lake Ontario shore. This region has been quickly gaining national attention for the variety and quality of its wines, including late-harvest, ice, and traditional vinifera. Now you can experience the Niagara Wine Trail in true style; via train…

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Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
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Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Benjamin Ross event flyer.
By Mike Governale

On Monday, September 29, Reconnect Rochester will host a discussion with author and transit advocate Benjamin Ross. Mr. Ross will be at the Public Library on Monroe Ave. at 6:30 p.m. to talk about his new book, Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism.

Ross was the head of Maryland’s Action Committee for Transit external link during much of its long fight to build a light rail line outside Washington, D.C. After a 25-year battle, the Purple Line will begin construction next year…

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Monday, September 15th, 2014
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