Playing with Trains

We’ve just enjoyed a screening of Stephen Low’s wonderful documentary entitled “The Trolley” here in our city. The theater was packed, and while Mr. Low’s film compellingly advocates in favor of streetcars, in fact defines them as critical to our urban future, I heard no voices expressing doubt about his point of view. Bring on … Continue reading Playing with Trains

A Double Decker Surprise

Tomorrow evening here in Rochester, our city's very active and helpful transportation advocacy group, Reconnect Rochester, will screen Canadian Stephen Low's brief  (46 minutes) documentary entitled "The Trolley." We had the good fortune to see this film in an IMAX theater in Ottawa last year, and Low tells a powerful tale of trolleys as essential … Continue reading A Double Decker Surprise

The Song is Ended, But the Melody Lingers On

The intersection of South Clinton and Bly, in Rochester. The green and tan building on the right of Bly is early - from before 1890. The red building on the left of Bly dates from around 1915. Recognizable? It should be - it is almost certainly present in your city - perhaps right around the corner. Even now … Continue reading The Song is Ended, But the Melody Lingers On

The Good City and the Culture of Convenience, continued

For those of you who have been following us here at A Town Square for a while – 8 years(!?) – what follows may seem like a bit of heresy, but, as we often say, onward. It didn’t have to turn out this way. It’s true that the way it has turned out is what … Continue reading The Good City and the Culture of Convenience, continued

The Good City and the Culture of Convenience

The Good City, Ambrogio Lorenzetti, 1338. Rochester, New York, 2013. What if Rochester were a good city? Would it be different than the city we live in today? How would it be different? I find myself reflecting on these questions because I remain preoccupied with my sense of the difference between a good city and … Continue reading The Good City and the Culture of Convenience

STAMP Act II – An Update

In the interest of trying to come to a better understanding of what we believe is a very misguided decision to locate a Science, Technology and Advanced Manufacturing Park (STAMP) in Alabama, New York, out in Genesee County, we hopped in the car for the voyage west to the site. The STAMP here is aimed … Continue reading STAMP Act II – An Update

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Item #1 is the proposed Rochester Intermodal Transit Facility. It will house a new station for Amtrak, inter-city buses in Phase 2, and eventually high-speed rail. This project was recently funded by a $15,000,000 grant from the federal government. Total budget is in the range of $24,000,000. Item #2 is our regional transit authority's (Rochester … Continue reading ereH sgnihT oD eW woH