Recently, a popular blog known as Strangemaps posted an article about our 2008 Rochester Subway map called “Pipe Dreams, or the Rochester Ghost Subway” .
The Subway map was submitted to Strangemaps by a fellow named Duane Thomas Fields. Turns out he was doing some research on Rochester (he’s going to school here in the Fall) and he stumbled upon our site. Thanks Duane!
I have to say I thought the title was kind of pessimistic. I mean ‘Ghost Subway’ sure, but ‘Pipe Dreams’? Where would Rochester be if George Eastman hadn’t dreamt of making cameras stupid-proof… Or if Nick Tahou didn’t fantasize about sloppy food combinations? But I concede, our subway map is a tiny bit strange and we’re just excited that it’s receiving some national attention.
Aside from the title, the article was a good one—I even learned a few things about Rochester from reading it. For instance, did you know that Rochester is the second largest economy in New York State after New York City? I always assumed Buffalo held that distinction. Or that the term “Smugtown” was coined for the city of Rochester by the novel of the same name, Smugtown USA ?
So anyway, I just wanted to share this Strange news with you before I forgot and it was too late. Don’t forget to check out the
“Why a pipe dream? Sooner or later, car driving will be too expensive – and there you have it! Apparently, city center living also grows more and more popular, which is another bonus for a metro railway.”
– Comment by Jan Wiklund
“Oh my, I didn’t expect to see my hometown on this fine blog! I’ve walked through the empty subway tunnel a number of times. It’s very very very dark. and not just a little bit scary. 🙂 This is some interest in turning the broad street bridge aquaduct area into a museum of graffiti and ‘tag art.’ That plan too has yet to gain any momentum. By and large, there is a lot of talk about what to do with the subway, but almost no action at all.”
– Comment by Scott
“I’m intrigued so see that, with four subway lines on the map, none of them seem to connect with the rail station. Integrated transport?”
– Comment by Ken
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I concur on the pessimism. Who says its dead forever?! I think an alternative to lacking RTS bus system would be fantastic. I would be more than happy to take a subway/train system to get back and forth to work and to visit my family on the other side of the city and skip driving all the time!