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Has This Winter Changed How You Plan to Get to Work?
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Has This Winter Changed How You Plan to Get to Work?

Posted February 27, 2015 by Renee

I wrote about being a pedestrian in winter around here the end of January and included a picture of my walk to work. It was a crumbly icy mess back then, but the big snow storms hadn't even hit us yet. A month later, with countless ridiculous snow storms and record cold temperatures, the sidewalks are even worse. [...]

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Building a New Plaza in Brighton for People, Not Just Cars
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Building a New Plaza in Brighton for People, Not Just Cars

Posted February 11, 2015 by Renee

There is a new shopping center planned for Brighton. A Whole Foods will reportedly be anchoring the new Palazzo Plaza Lifestyle Center, which will be located on Monroe Ave near 490 where Clover Lanes currently is. I was excited when I first saw the news about this, because I assumed it was a chance for Brighton to take an opportunity to make that Monroe corridor more accessible to pedestrians, transit riders and cyclists. It would be a chance to lead by a new example of building things for people, instead of cars. Right now, that corridor is completely terrible for anyone not in a car. [...]

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How Monroe County Gets to Work
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How Monroe County Gets to Work

Posted February 05, 2015 by Renee

It will probably come as no surprise that almost everyone in Monroe County drives to work. But it surprised me that more people don't car pool. 82% of people drive to work alone. Only 8% car pool. 3% take public transit and 3% walk to work. The same amount of people take transit in Monroe county as walk, which makes me wonder if . 1% bike (yes, even in winter). [...]

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Pedestrian in No-Plow Winter Rochester
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Pedestrian in No-Plow Winter Rochester

Posted January 27, 2015 by Renee

I've said it before, but being a pedestrian in Rochester in winter is not for the faint of heart. We live in one of the most walkable neighborhoods in Rochester. And this is a picture of the walk to work this morning. There is a bus stop less than 50 yards ahead at the intersection of Culver and East. The walk actually improved a bit with the freshly fallen snow, because it had been an icy tundra from the combo of snow, sun, freezing temps and little care given to clearing. And this was just a regular few inches kind of snow Rochester is used to; no panic-at-the-disco unexpected blizzard. [...]

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Finally! Grocery Delivery in Rochester!
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Finally! Grocery Delivery in Rochester!

Posted January 23, 2015 by Renee

One of the things we missed when we moved here from DC was a grocery delivery service. I've told you before that I strongly dislike grocery shopping (or any shopping really). And it was especially difficult when our kids were super little. It was a Herculean effort to get babies/toddlers TO the grocery store and THROUGH an entire grocery list before someone melted down (me included). Let alone finding time do food shopping while working, raising kids and remembering to shower and feed the dog. [...]

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Trading the Inner Loop for the Hyperloop in Rochester

Trading the Inner Loop for the Hyperloop in Rochester

Most everyone who knows me is aware of my mild obsession with Elon Musk's hyperloop (or as my friends call it now, after hearing one too many informational benders -- my "super tube"). It's a super high-speed mass transportation idea most compare to those tube systems you use in old school bank drive-thru windows. It would allow riders (who sit in pods) to get from Los Angeles to San Francisco in under 30 minutes. And the trip would feel much like being in an airplane.
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Factors of Walkability

Factors of Walkability

Sustainable Cities shared a walkability post from photographer Christopher Berggren, that outlined the top 10 factors of walkability. Berggren runs a site called Planning Photography that provides photographic evidence (and the research notes) of the economic and social benefits of bike infrastructure and walkability. (The photos, by the way, will inspire you to bike and walk and fight for the access to do so.) His post caught my eye because it featured one of my favorite walkable, bike-friendly cities -- Copenhagen.
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Rochester Third in Nation for Volunteerism

Rochester Third in Nation for Volunteerism

A new study on rates of volunteerism confirms what I see going on around this city every day: people are giving their time to their communities! The Corporation for National and Community Service ranked Rochester NY third in the country for volunteerism. The organization's 2014 Volunteering and Civic Life in America report looks at volunteering and civic activity in all 50 states and the 51 largest metropolitan areas.
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President of Reconnect Rochester Nominated for Strasenburgh Activism Award

President of Reconnect Rochester Nominated for Strasenburgh Activism Award

The Rochester Community Design Center hosted the fourth annual Reshaping Rochester Awards luncheon this week. I joined a table full of other Reconnect Rochester Board members to support Mike Governale, who is most known for his site Rochester Subway, an online resource and forum dedicated to celebrating the history of Rochester and creating better connections between the various neighborhoods and communities in around the city.
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Rochester Scores 100 on the 2014 Municipal Equality Index

Rochester Scores 100 on the 2014 Municipal Equality Index

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

What Happens When City Lovers Have Kids in Rochester

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

City Extends Red Light Camera Program for 5 Years

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

NYC Rolls Out Citywide 25mph Speed Limit

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

That New Crosswalk Smell and a Fresh Voting Sticker

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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