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Rochester Scores 100 on the 2014 Municipal Equality Index
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Rochester Scores 100 on the 2014 Municipal Equality Index

Posted November 17, 2014 by Renee

While everyone was busy arguing about the red light camera program being extended in Rochester, some news we should all be proud of got lost in the shuffle. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) released its Municipal Equality Index for 2014. And Rochester scored 100 out of 100! [...]

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What Happens When City Lovers Have Kids in Rochester
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What Happens When City Lovers Have Kids in Rochester

Posted November 14, 2014 by Renee

The City Newspaper had a great piece about the trend in many parts of the country of well-educated 25 to 34 year-olds choosing cities over suburbs. The article was inspired by “The Young and Restless and the Nation’s Cities” report put out by City Observatory. The report analyzed census data from the past few decades and found that two-thirds of that age group with at least a bachelor’s degree now live in the 51 largest metropolitan areas. The study also found that the trend is spurring business, as businesses seek to be where that demographic is. [...]

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City Extends Red Light Camera Program for 5 Years
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City Extends Red Light Camera Program for 5 Years

Posted November 13, 2014 by Renee

Last night the City Council voted 6 to 3 in favor of extending the red light camera program until 2019. The official report from the traffic data study was released last week. The study, which compared data before and after cameras were installed, concluded that the presence of cameras is improving safety. [...]

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NYC Rolls Out Citywide 25mph Speed Limit
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NYC Rolls Out Citywide 25mph Speed Limit

Posted November 07, 2014 by Renee

Today is the day the new 25mph citywide speed limit officially rolls out in New York City. The state legislature passed a law this summer that gave the city the authority to lower the default limit on its city streets and the City Council approved the measure in October. Lower speed limits are part of Mayor Bill de Blasio's multi-faceted Vision Zero plan to eliminate traffic fatalities by 2024. He signed the bill last week and today more than 3,000 new 25mph signs are going up throughout the city. [...]

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That New Crosswalk Smell and a Fresh Voting Sticker
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That New Crosswalk Smell and a Fresh Voting Sticker

Posted November 04, 2014 by Renee

Oh, happy day! It's Election Day and I went early this morning to my neighborhood polling station to participate. My favorite part of Election Day? The sticker. I know, I should say it's the empowering feeling I get filling in the little dots ("Freedom Bubbles," as my cousin calls them) on the ballot to voice my opinion about who gets to stand up for the values that are important to me. But it's really the sticker. [...]

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Why We Should Walk Our Kids to School at Least Once

Why We Should Walk Our Kids to School at Least Once

Today is International Walk to School Day. Every year, more and more communities across our country participate in the event that started in 1997, raising awareness about pedestrian safety issues, walkability and creating more livable neighborhoods and communities.
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Do Digital Speed Display Signs Work?

Do Digital Speed Display Signs Work?

With all the feedback we’ve received about the red light camera program, I have been curious to look at other measures that cities use to make drivers mindful of their speed and help make streets safer for all who traverse them. Digital speed signs are one of those measures. Cities deploy them in both temporary (via trailers) and permanent ways. They seem to be more effective on streets with slower speed limits (40mph or less). They cost less than other physical design changes and non-physical measures (cameras, police enforcement), but they provide data already available to the driver.
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Americans Walk & Use Transit the Least of Anyone in the World

Americans Walk & Use Transit the Least of Anyone in the World

You won't be surprised, but people in the US walk, bike and use mass transit less than those living in other countries. And those behaviors correlate with our sustainable behaviors as a whole. The latest National Geographic Greendex study concluded that "U.S. consumers’ behavior still ranks as the least sustainable of all countries surveyed since the inception of the Greendex study in 2008."
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A Culture of Mass Transit

A Culture of Mass Transit

We attended last night’s talk given by transit advocate Benjamin Ross at the Monroe Library. It was hosted by Reconnect Rochester. And I am happy to say that the place was PACKED with people of all ages. That’s good news for those of us that are striving to create a more walkable, less car-centric Rochester.
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Rochester Red Light Cameras up for Vote in October

Rochester Red Light Cameras up for Vote in October

Mayor Lovely Warren has proposed legislation to extend Rochester's red light camera program for another five years. The City Council will meet on October 9 and vote on October 14.
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How Safe is Driving in Rochester?

How Safe is Driving in Rochester?

I focus on pedestrians a lot. It's true. I super dig walkable communities. And we know that Rochester has some challenges for those who get around via something other than a car. But what about drivers? How safe is driving in Rochester? Allstate puts out a Best Drivers Report each year that ranks the 200 largest cities in the US. Where does Rochester rank? 144.
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Benjamin Ross:  Rethinking Rochester Streets, September 29

Benjamin Ross: Rethinking Rochester Streets, September 29

Making city streets safer and better for all who traverse them is, as you know, one of my favorite topics. Our streets need to allow pedestrians, cyclists, mass transit riders, drivers, those in wheelchairs, etc. to coexist and mingle. Rochester's complete streets ordinance was a huge step forward in the way we think about our city streets. And we have a lot of great organizations and smart people putting time and effort into helping our city streets become happier places.
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Hart's Steals My Urban Heart

Hart's Steals My Urban Heart

We were super excited when we heard the news this winter that Hart's market would be opening later this year. We were out of town for the big grand opening this summer, but hit the store once we were back in town and our kitchen needed restocking. I was not messing around. I needed groceries. And I would have two kids in tow, so this was going to be serious business.
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Draft Results of Rochester Red Light Camera Study

Draft Results of Rochester Red Light Camera Study

The City of Rochester has completed data collection in its second red light camera program study. Some draft results were presented to the City Council last week. The official public report isn't yet available, but the findings presented at that meeting as reported by the Democrat & Chronicle are quite compelling.
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