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

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.

by Staff

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Give Your Car a Break, Rochester

I was happy to read an article in the NY Times last night that reported people are driving less. And that young people are leading the charge. (For all you young whipper-snappers out there who are tired of those old timers saying "What is *with* the kids these days?": keep this one handy in your back pocket. It's a darn good contribution to a society that often can't and won't get out of its cars.)

by Renee

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Retail for Proposed Development on Park Ave?

Earlier this year, we told you about a proposal for a new apartment building at 759 Park Avenue. It is currently a parcel of land near the intersection of Park & Culver Road that is occupied by a parking lot. It is nestled between the Talmudic Institute at 759 Park and Somerton Plaza at 745 Park. The original plan was for 48 units. And after the developers held their first meeting with neighbors to discuss the design, the big issues most had with the initial proposal was that it was too big (too dense/too many apartments), would create more parking issues and would disrupt traffic patterns (see our post from February for more details.) The positive feedback was that it would contribute to a more walkable neighborhood, bring more people to the local businesses there and that the developers did a good job on the initial design concept to pay attention to other materials used in the neighborhood.

by Renee

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Changes in 2013 That Can Impact Your Community

The Rochester Regional Community Design Center (RRCDC) turned us onto the Huffington Post article "How Your New Year's Resolutions Can Make Your City Better" this morning. We loved the 5 resolutions so much that we decided to expand each with applicability to Rochester a bit. It is by no means a complete list, but we wanted to remind everyone that this is a great city. And those of us who live in it have the power to make a difference.

by Renee

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Hooray for the Front Porch

Last week, we included a USA Today story in our news section about the trend in more front porches in new homes across the country. There has been more than a 20% jump in the number of homes built with porches over the past decade, with recent construction survey data from the US Census construction revealing that about 2/3 of new homes that were built last year had a porch. That data also indicates that the number of new homes built without some sort of garage or shelter for a car is the most it has been since the latter part of the 90s.

by Renee

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Signs, Signs, Everywhere a Sign

You all know how we dig things that make neighborhoods and cities more pedestrian and bike friendly and encourage people to use their cars less. I was so giddy when I found out about the RocCity 2.0 initiative that placed directional signs all over the city last week that I nearly screamed like one of those ladies that witnessed a Beatles sighting.

by Renee