The Block, the Street – in Rochester

I do want to talk here about what a next Rochester might look like, and how the city might be transformed into a useable, durable, and sustainable urbanism to serve its future. I intuit that this shrunken city (population of 332,500 at its peak in 1950, about 219,000 today - a reduction of slightly more than a third) … Continue reading The Block, the Street – in Rochester

Rochester in Motion

Cars are everywhere. Shopping is at one of the four major malls, out in the suburbs - there's almost no retail left downtown. There's an inner and an outer loop of expressways that act like walls to the now forbidden city. All that's left of public transit is a bus system, and here in Rochester … Continue reading Rochester in Motion

Rochester, Then and Now

I continue my research, as I try to become familiar with how our new home city came to be the way it is. And so I have finished reading the Frederick  Law Olmsted Jr. and Arnold Brunner 1911 "City Plan for Rochester." It's quite a document - vintage City Beautiful Movement in text, designs, and recommendations. … Continue reading Rochester, Then and Now

The Next Chapter Begins

Rochester and its river, the Genesee. What better way to get to know a new home place than to imagine it as a case study for examining the next city? Here we are in our new neighborhood, and in between fresh paint, endless trips to the hardware store, and nearly daily (but very enjoyable) snow … Continue reading The Next Chapter Begins