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Monroe Community College Welcomes Vice President Joe and Dr. Jill Biden for Education and Economic Development Discussion
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Monroe Community College Welcomes Vice President Joe and Dr. Jill Biden for Education and Economic Development Discussion

Posted January 29, 2014 by Staff

Today is an exciting day for Monroe Community College faculty, staff, and students, as they welcome Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden for a discussion about education and the development of the workforce. Coming just one day after President Obama’s State of the Union address, Biden’s visit is his second to the upstate NY area. Earlier this month, the Vice President visited Albany to discuss infrastructure investment plans in the wake of Hurricane Sandy with Governor Cuomo. [...]

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Jeff Speck’s Ideas for Walkability Can Help Rejuvenate Rochester’s Downtown
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Jeff Speck’s Ideas for Walkability Can Help Rejuvenate Rochester’s Downtown

Posted January 24, 2014 by Staff

Urban development and downtown restoration present challenges for cities all across the United States, including Rochester. This year, the theme of the city’s Reshaping Rochester Series is “In the Trenches: A Celebration of Grassroots Efforts.” Internationally known city planner and author, Jeff Speck, kicked off the series on Tuesday night with his lecture on making Rochester more walkable. [...]

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Take Hart, City Dwellers -- New Grocery Store for Downtown Rochester!
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Take Hart, City Dwellers -- New Grocery Store for Downtown Rochester!

Posted January 10, 2014 by Renee

There has been lots of chatter about the possibility of a grocery store in downtown Rochester. People are moving back to the downtown area and one of the things a walkable community needs is, of course, a grocery store. There hasn't been one in the area since Wegmans closed its store there in the mid 90s. [...]

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The People in Our Neighborhoods, Week 4: Meet Jason of Beechwood
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The People in Our Neighborhoods, Week 4: Meet Jason of Beechwood

Posted September 30, 2013 by Lea Kone

He takes just as much pride in his home as he does in his micro-neighborhood, stating that he loves that it has a diverse group of residents who also care about their homes and the neighborhood. Like other parts of the city there are issues of slum-lords and petty crime, but the residents are invested in their community and work to keep it a safe and beautiful area. [...]

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The Time is Right for a Rochester Bike Share Program
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The Time is Right for a Rochester Bike Share Program

Posted September 26, 2013 by Pete Tonery

When monster Bike Share programs get launched, like the one in NYC, the press is all over it. But Bike Share has its roots in smaller cities, often originating from an association with local colleges. Other medium sized cities have linked up with local universities to start bike share programs, Rochester can too. [...]

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Looking Back on Rochester's Duffy Era

Looking Back on Rochester's Duffy Era

After the recent mayoral primary upset, there has been a lot of talk about the "Duffy Era" -- the administrations of Bob Duffy and Tom Richards. Several reporters have provided their take on the period coming to be called the Duffy Era.
by Pete Tonery
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Gender in Urban Planning

Gender in Urban Planning

When urban planners meet to make decisions they bring with them many assumptions, convictions and data. They have reams of information such as traffic reports, environmental impact reports, safety regulations and so on. So is it possible they have overlooked one of the most important aspects to consider in planning? Is it conceivable that the mountain of data they have on “people” and “use” might be skewed and even biased?
by Pete Tonery
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US Chickens in China?

US Chickens in China?

The other day Senator Chuck Schumer announced that he will ask the Department of Agriculture to write strict rules on American chickens that will be processed in China and then brought back. Schumer fears that that lack of regulation over processing practices in China could be harmful to the health of Americans.
by Pete Tonery
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RIT Students Design Rochester Subway Reuse Plan

RIT Students Design Rochester Subway Reuse Plan

Rochester Subway has introduced us to a marvelous plan, created as a school project by a group of RIT students, which radically repurposes the old subway line. Using some elements from the highly successful Hi-Line project in NYC, the plan incorporates many gardens, water fountains, exercise space, walking and mediation areas among other wonderful ideas. The project seeks to connect with the community to find ways to serve the local’s interests even as it makes the entire length both an attraction and a park. They named it “The Roc Low Line.”
by Pete Tonery
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University of Rochester Promise Scholarship Program Renewed

University of Rochester Promise Scholarship Program Renewed

Rochester Promise offers a tuition-free scholarship program to the UofR for eligible Rochester City School District graduates. The program guarantees any graduate of Rochester City high schools at least $100,000 in sponsored scholarships to attend the University's College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering. Since it began in 2007 more that seventy students have used the program.
by Pete Tonery
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The People in Our Neighborhoods, Week 3: Meet Stephen of NOTA

The People in Our Neighborhoods, Week 3: Meet Stephen of NOTA

“It takes about three years of living in Rochester to hit your groove. At some point around that point it hits you - this is an amazing city.” So where does a professionally trained chef who works at one of Rochester’s top restaurants go to eat, drink and unwind after a long night at work? Stephen was more than happy to share his hidden spots.
by Staff
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Rochester Red Wings Trivia

Rochester Red Wings Trivia

Well the Red Wings have made the playoffs! The first time since 2006, so the drought hasn’t been too long. To honor the event, we decided to take a look at the history of the club and share some of its fascinating history.
by Pete Tonery
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In Rochester, You Never Find Yourself Saying There Is Nothing To Do.

In Rochester, You Never Find Yourself Saying There Is Nothing To Do.

If you ever hear someone in Rochester New York say that there is nothing to do, or that they are bored, you have permission to slap them in the face with a Rochester events calendar. Here in Rochester, even in the dead of winter, there is something to do almost every night of the week, and there are always multiple events over the weekends. And it is not even that hard to find something to do. It is not like there is a secret place to look for all of the happenings in Rochester. Simply find a calendar.
by Adam
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Rochester Has a Booming Theater Scene

Rochester Has a Booming Theater Scene

The Rochester NY theater scene is booming, and you do not even know it. Every season more new and talented individuals make their way onto the boards to sing and soliloquize their hearts out, and it has been going on all around you. When is the last time that you actually went to see a play? In high school when they dragged your whole class to see Romeo and Juliet? That does not count. You have so many options for theater all over Rochester, you are sure to find a show that you would be interested in.
by Adam
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