From local development to just plain news of the weird, here are your RocLinks for this past week…
Posts Tagged ‘Reconnect Rochester’...
When the world’s first elevated highway was completed in 1936 along Manhattan’s west side, the New York Times marveled that “the gleaming new concrete ribbon” would let drivers travel from lower Manhattan “nearly to Poughkeepsie without having to stop for a traffic light or slow up for an intersection.” Legendary city planner and master highway builder, Robert Moses promised the new highway would “eliminate” traffic jams on the city’s west side…
Tags: Ed Koch, event, Gridlock Sam Schwartz, infrastructure, lecture, New York City, NYC, Reconnect Rochester, Robert Moses, Sam Schwartz, Samuel Schwartz, Street Smart: The Rise of Cities and the Fall of Cars, The Little Theatre, traffic, traffic planning, transportation, transportation planning, urban planning, West Side Highway
Posted in Events, Rochester News, Subways Around the Globe, Transit + Infrastructure, Urban Development | 1 Comment »
I am SUPER excited to be working with the volunteers at Reconnect Rochester to organize Rochester’s first ever Street Films event at The Little Theatre on November 19. If you follow this blog, you clearly have a passion for Rochester and the infrastructure that makes our city run. And I think you’ll enjoy the thought-provoking film clips and live discussion that will take place at this event. Don’t wait to reserve your seat. Here are the details…
Tags: Alex and Ander, Elizabeth Murphy, Erik Frisch, event, fundraiser, Heidi Zimmer-Meyer, Karen Elam, Kerry Ivers, Maxwell Motorbikes, Miguel Velázquez, Reconnect Rochester, Street Films, Streetfilms, Sweet Beez honey bike, The Little Theatre
Posted in Rochester News, Train/Railroad Stuff, Transit + Infrastructure, Urban Development | 1 Comment »
Over the past year I’ve been itching to move downtown (“Oh, you live really downtown” is the common response upon mentioning my address). This past spring I finally ripped the bandaid and moved out of my mom’s house. In the month between choosing where to live and moving in, I scoped out my new neighborhood nearly every day. It was always obvious that surface parking lots dominated the usable land in the St. Joseph’s Park neighborhood, or as I like to call it, St. Joseph’s Parking Lot. What shocked me was one particular lot that never saw a car. Morning, noon, and night I drove by the lot on the Northwest corner of the intersection at Franklin & Pleasant Streets . Every time there sat only a rusty chain and two cones across the entrance…
Tags: Eat Me Ice Cream, Franklin Street, Inner Loop Country Club, Neighborworks Rochester, North Winton Village, Park(ing) Day, parking, parking lots, parking madness, Pleasant Street, Reconnect Rochester, Rochester, Rochester NY, Ugly Duck Coffee, Young Urban Preservationists (YUP)
Posted in Events, Reader Submitted Stories, Rochester News, Transit + Infrastructure, Urban Development, Urban Exploration | No Comments »
Last year, as part of ROC Transit Day , we planned a city-wide treasure hunt where teams followed a series of clues (for over 19 miles) to be the first to find a $500 cash prize at the end. The only catch: No motor vehicles. All teams were required to use public transit, walk, or bike. (it’s in the rules!)
This year (Thursday, June 18) we’re doing it again. It’s completely free to enter, but you must pre-register here before June 17. Right now we only have 6 teams signed up, so your odds would be pretty good; as long as you have a good working knowledge of Rochester.
Still not sure if you’ve got the right stuff? Take a look at the clues from LAST year and see how well you’d fare…
Tags: event, mass transit, mass transportation, public transit, public transportation, Reconnect Rochester, ROC Transit Day, Rochester, Rochester NY, scavenger hunt, treasure hunt
Posted in Events, Rochester News, Transit + Infrastructure, Urban Exploration | 1 Comment »
ROC Transit Day is next week – Thursday, June 18. Rochester will be going car-free in support of a healthier community and we’ve lined up a fun day to celebrate… bus rides for you and the family, a street dance competition , city-wide treasure hunt , music all afternoon outside Rochester Central Library. Oh, and did someone say flash mob ?
So if you haven’t already, pull together a team of friends or co-workers and hop a bus on June 18. And if you need fare cards, contact us now …
Tags: event, mass transit, mass transportation, public transit, public transportation, Reconnect Rochester, ROC Transit Day, Rochester, Rochester NY
Posted in Events, Rochester News, Transit + Infrastructure | No Comments »
Have you ever done something so crazy you started to question your own sanity? A few weeks ago a little voice inside my head said, “DUDE, you should totally organize a flash mob!” Most sane people would have chuckled to themselves and ignored the voice. Not me. I listened to it.
So now here I am, asking you to join me for what could be the most insane (yet wildly entertaining) 5 minutes that downtown Rochester has seen in quite a while. If you’re feeling a little bit crazy, the details are after the jump…
Tags: dance, downtown, downtown Rochester, flash mob, Lose Yourself to Dance, Porshia Moné, Reconnect Rochester, ROC Transit Day, Rochester, Rochester NY, RTS Transit Center, Sweet Dancerz
Posted in Art + Culture, Events, Rochester News, Transit + Infrastructure | No Comments »
The City of Rochester has issued a Request For Proposals (RFP) to adaptively reuse, redevelop, and operate five former bus shelters on Main Street in downtown Rochester, NY. The deadline to respond is June 26 and successful proposals are expected to be announced by July 31…
Tags: adaptive reuse, bus shelter, downtown Rochester, Main Street, Office of Innovation and Strategic Initiatives, preservation, Reconnect Rochester, Regional Transit Service (RTS), Rochester, Rochester NY, RTS Transit Center, transit shelter
Posted in Rochester News, Transit + Infrastructure, Urban Development | 3 Comments »
It was nearly five years ago when I and a small group of RocSubway readers came together with a single goal; to strengthen our community by working to grow sustainable transportation options across our region. Together we formed Reconnect Rochester, Inc…
Tags: mass transportation, public transit, public transportation, Reconnect Rochester, Rochester, Rochester NY, transit
Posted in Transit + Infrastructure | No Comments »
It’s usually all business down here in the subway. But when we party, we party with purpose. I’d like to invite you to join me at Ox and Stone on Tuesday, December 16 for a FUNraiser to benefit Reconnect Rochester .
There’ll be great food & drink, music, raffle prizes, and some awesome Rochesterians to rub elbows with.
Minimum donation $50 / suggested $75.
Click here to reserve your spot
before midnight, Tuesday (12/9).
Tags: event, fundraiser, Ox and Stone, party, Reconnect Rochester
Posted in Events | 1 Comment »
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 which they believe could change this picture…
Tags: bus, bus stop cube, bus stop seat, bus-stop, cube seat, guerilla bus stop seat, mass transit, mass transportation, public transit, public transportation, Reconnect Rochester, Regional Transit Service (RTS), Rochester, tactical urbanism, urban furniture
Posted in Rochester News, Transit + Infrastructure | 10 Comments »
You may recall waaay back in 2010 a group of RocSubway readers got together with the intent of drumming up support for transportation alternatives in Rochester. In a town where the car is king, that was to be no easy task. But we’ve been making measurable progress. Find out how you can help, AND get some original Thievin’ Stephen artwork as a thank-you…
Tags: bike lanes, donate, gift idea, Gift Shop, Graffiti, Reconnect Rochester, Rochester, Rochester NY, street art, Thievin' Stephen
Posted in Art + Culture, Rochester Gifts, Transit + Infrastructure | No Comments »
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 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…
Tags: Benjamin Ross, book tour, Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism, event, Reconnect Rochester, suburban sprawl, urbanism
Posted in Events, Rochester News, Transit + Infrastructure, Urban Development | No Comments »
A $500 CASH prize is up for grabs in The Great ROC Transit Day Treasure Hunt!
On June 19, FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS (U.S.) will be hiding somewhere in Rochester. The first person (or team of people) to find it will take all. There’s just one catch… no cars allowed. To claim this jackpot you’ll need to use the bus system, walk or bike. Get your first clue now at www.ROCtransitday.com .
Tags: Reconnect Rochester, ROC Transit Day, Rochester, Rochester NY, scavenger hunt, treasure hunt
Posted in Events, Rochester News, Transit + Infrastructure | No Comments »
In 2013 I gave myself a photo assignment. Pick 13 subjects, and take 13 snapshots of each… 13x13x13. Turns out this was much more work than I thought. So I’ve been accepting submissions from others. Today’s series of 13 comes to us from Tiny Fish Printing , a custom apparel printing company located near the public market.
T-shirts are an American staple. We all have our favorite one that we wear until our belly button shows through. They’re a great way to show our support for our favorite local institutions… restaurants, bands, clubs, etc. They allow us to show off our creative side, even we don’t have a creative bone in our body. And best of all, they keep us from being naked.
Uh, ok… Let’s just take a look at 13 awesome local t-shirt designs…
Tags: 13 T-shirts, 13x13x13, art, Flatline, graphic design, Hell On Earth, Ice Nine Kills (INK), Juan & Maria's Empanada Stop, Kink Bike, Montezuma Winery, Old Skull Skate Boards, Outlaw, Reconnect Rochester, Rochester, Rochester Brainery, Rochester NY, t-shirts, The Sunstreak, Tiny Fish Printing, Whoopzip Clothing, Wildflowers & Wine
Posted in Art + Culture | 2 Comments »
Reconnect Rochester 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 and attend the meeting tonight to learn more… 6-8pm on the third floor of City Hall .
Tags: Anderson Park, City of Rochester, East Avenue, Inner Loop, Inner Loop East Reconstruction Project, Main Street, Reconnect Rochester, Rochester, Rochester NY, Union Street, USDOT TIGER grant
Posted in Events, Opinion, Rochester News, Transit + Infrastructure, Urban Development | 7 Comments »