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RocLinks 8/6/16

Saturday, August 6th, 2016

Broad Street Bridge under (re)construction [PHOTO: Rochester Public Library, Division of Local History
By Matthew Denker

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

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Saturday, August 6th, 2016
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Take a Daytrip to Medina NY, with the Young Urban Preservationists

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Landmark Society's Young Urban Preservationists and Slow Road Travel are bringing you Backroads & Byways: Medina, the first in a series of daytrips to check out the roads less traveled and to explore historic places and exciting projects in small towns throughout the region. [PHOTO: Landmark Society of WNY]
By Mike Governale

We all love Rochester but sometimes you just need to get out of town for a day, right? That’s why Landmark Society’s Young Urban Preservationists and Slow Road Travel are bringing you Backroads & Byways: Medina external link, the first in a series of daytrips to check out the roads less traveled and to explore historic places and exciting projects in small towns throughout the region…

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Monday, June 1st, 2015
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RocLinks 2/21/15

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

High Falls in the Snow. [PHOTO: Rich Engelbrecht, Flickr]
By Matthew Denker

Did you hear, last week Rochester earned a spot on a top ten list of most creative cities? It’s true. From local development to just plain news of the weird, here are your RocLinks for this past week…

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Sunday, February 22nd, 2015
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RocLinks 12/27/14

Saturday, December 27th, 2014

RocLinks for 12/27/14. [PHOTO: psyberartist, Flickr]
By Matthew Denker

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

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Saturday, December 27th, 2014
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The Rochester African-American Landmarks Project Needs Your Help

Monday, August 19th, 2013

African-American dancers among the performers at Bardos' Inn in Gates, N.Y. c1930-1935 [PHOTO: Albert R. Stone Collection]
The Landmark Society is reaching out to the Rochester community to gather facts, events, places, and stories that have been important in the lives of ordinary African-Americans in Rochester. We need your help with this important project…

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Monday, August 19th, 2013
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Rochester’s Park System: a model for the world

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

One of the pedestrian bridges in Genesee Valley Park. This was not originally part of Olmsted's plan. [PHOTO: Rochester Public Library, Local History Division]
If you’re a RocSubway reader and you love learning about Rochester as much as I do, you might want to check out 585 Magazine. It’s a pretty slick new bimonthly packed with tasty local bits on every topic imaginable. Plus, you might catch an occasional story on local places & history written by yours truly. In the current issue I attempt explore Rochester’s incredible, Olmsted-designed park system – in 800 words or less! Completely impossible, but I tried.

First, head over to 585 Mag and check out the story external link. Then come back here for fun extras, including Olmsted’s original plan drawings of Highland, Seneca, and Genesee Valley Parks, AND audio from my interview with JoAnn Beck, cochair of the Landmark Society’s Olmsted subcommittee…

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Wednesday, August 7th, 2013
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Public Forum: Development in Preservation Districts

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

Public Forum: Development in Preservation Districts
The Landmark Society external link is partnering with the Park-Meigs Neighborhood Association to hold a public forum on the evening of Tuesday, May 21 at 597 East Avenue external link. Up for discussion: the timely and controversial topic of new development in preservation districts. This is a community conversation you will NOT want to miss.

A panel of speakers, representing developers, homeowners, business owners, urban planners, and The Landmark Society, will offer their perspective, followed by an open question and answer session. Speakers include Wayne Goodman, Executive Director of The Landmark Society; Glenn Kellogg, Urban Advisors; Joe Hanna, Hanna Properties; Steve Vogt, Rochester Young Professionals. RocSubway contributor, Matthew Denker will also weigh in. Can new development benefit preservation districts? How can the new co-exist with the old? What is “good” development? These are some of the questions this forum will attempt to address.

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Saturday, May 18th, 2013
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The First Snapshot of Rochester’s Buildings of Historic Value

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

A map of Rochester's Buildings of Historic Value [Thanks to: Jim Fraser and Joseph Becker]
Scientists have known of the existence of DNA for over fifty years. But until recently external link, no one had ever seen a photograph of that tricky little double-helix. For the preservation community in Rochester, the image above could be just as big of a breakthrough as photographing DNA for the first time. We had a fuzzy idea of their existence, but until today no one had ever seen a map of the city’s Designated Buildings of Historic Value (DBHV). And I mean NO ONE. Not even the people who put the list together…

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Thursday, January 24th, 2013
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Some Needed Attention for Saint Joseph’s Park

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Saint Joseph's Park, downtown Rochester NY.
Ted Collins Tree & Landscape is proud to announce that it will be working with the Landmark Society of Western New York in the re-landscaping and re-opening of St. Joseph’s Park – a downtown park that has been closed for over ten years. Greg Frank, co-owner of the oldest landscaping firm in the Rochester area, became aware of this special site through a conversation with colleagues who shared their desire to see the park re-open. After visiting the area around the site, he realized that redevelopment was beginning to take place and so approached the Landmark Society about donating his company’s services – along with plant and landscape materials – to bring the park back as a special place for gathering and contemplation.

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Tuesday, December 11th, 2012
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Preservation: Whose Responsibility is it Anyway?

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Former Westminster Presbyterian Church, 660 West Main Street, Rochester NY.
Last week Rochester’s Zoning Board heard public testimony, both in favor of, and in opposition to a developer’s plan to demolish a historic church at 660 W. Main St. in Rochester and replace it with a Dollar General store. Of all the comments made during that 2-3 hour hearing, the one drawing the most buzz was made by a member of the Zoning Board itself, Patrick Tobin external link. As an article in the D&C external link recounted, this board member expressed frustration that, “while preservationists and others urge them to protect these buildings, little is done to keep the structures from falling into severe disrepair.”

Mr. Tobin’s comment is similar to one I hear in the comments section of this blog quite frequently where preservation vs. demolition cases are discussed. Let me paraphrase… “If you loved the building so much then why didn’t you ‘preservationists’ do something about it until now? Why’d you wait until the property owner wants to tear it down?” There are so many things wrong with this line of thought there isn’t a comment box big enough for me to fit an answer in to.

Coincidentally (or should I say, as luck would have it), Wayne Goodman, Executive Director of the Landmark Society, stepped up to the podium immediately after Mr. Tobin’s comment was fired at the preservation community. And, as I expected, Goodman took great exception to the remarks.

So I reached out to Goodman and asked him to help us understand why preservationists don’t do a better job of keeping these “historic” buildings from falling into disrepair. Goodman sent me the following statement…

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Thursday, December 6th, 2012
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Rochester’s Old Federal Building Should Go

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Old Federal Building (now City Hall). [PHOTO: Richard Margolis]
“Listed in the National Register of Historic Places and designated a city landmark, the old Federal Building is considered a fine example of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture. No one’s particularly interested in using it, however, because inside it’s dark, gloomy, usually uncomfortable and just plain ramshackle. Blow it up. It’s an ugly thing…and not particularly interesting inside or out…It should be demolished. A modern, tax-producing building would be a better use for the site and would give more new life to that section of downtown…”

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Wednesday, September 19th, 2012
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Susan B. Anthony Neighbors Unite to Save Old Main Street Church

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

West Main Street, Rochester NY.
Dawn Noto, President of the Susan B. Anthony Neighborhood Association says this section of the city is in the early stages of a renaissance. But the turn around of West Main and the Susan B. Anthony neighborhood isn’t happening by accident. Years of planning, community involvement, public and private investment, and careful preservation of valuable historic assets have been key factors. Noto knows this progress is fragile. That with one short sighted development decision, years of work could begin to unravel.

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Wednesday, July 18th, 2012
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From Eyesore to Opportunity: Rochester’s Hoyt-Potter House

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

The Hoyt-Potter House on Fitzhugh Street. From Eyesore to Opportunity: a snapshot of adaptive reuse in Rochester N.Y.
All the controversy over whether or not to demolish the 120 year-old brewhouse at 13 Cataract Street external link got us thinking. Those in favor of demolishing the building say it’s an eyesore and a haven for drug dealers; even prostitutes. So, just remove the building and our problems go away.

Right?

But if we demolished every eyesore in Rochester, would we have solved all the City’s problems? Or might we end up tossing the proverbial “baby” out with the bath water? For the next two weeks we’ll take a look at some local eyesores …or rather, opportunities, nearly lost.

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Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
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Reconnect Rochester Takes Transportation Issues to the Candidates

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Rochester's race for Mayor is on!

While Rochester searches for its next mayor to take office and begin the arduous task of planning the City’s future, Reconnect Rochester is taking the issues to the candidates and the candidates to the people.

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