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Old 07-02-2010, 06:36 AM
 
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Hey friends. I've been doing some thinking lately and wondering about the construction here in Rochester. I know that the ROC is very big on perserving the city and I feel this is a refreshing aspect of living in such a historical city. However, the other side of thigns is that it makes our town look old and outdated, as if no one cares to refurbish the old buildings that are obviously falling apart. I see the lack of care within colleges, supermarkets and also general stores. It seems that the most vibrant and newest building would be the Pittsford Wegman's. I am just wondering where the shine went off to? I also know that we cannot continue to build over and over again due to money and the weather. Just look at what happens to the roads each winter. For some reason the old buildings seem like they will never turn new again and that no one feels the reason to upgrade them any time soon... Your thoughts?
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Old 07-02-2010, 08:28 AM
 
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I would rather see old buildings re furbished over new construction. I hate new construction. I think it's bland, boring and poorly built. Older buildings have character and make cities unique.
I see examples of newer buildings (esl, the paetec model, newer housing on plymouth ave, northeastern neighborhoods, etc) and think it doesn't do much to make the city seem vibrant.
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Old 07-02-2010, 08:05 PM
 
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Coming from Toronto, where they happily rip down charming old buildings with character in favor of dreadful "modern" construction, I really appreciate the older buildings here. I think there are ways to balance it, but I think it takes more effort and skill than most city hall's seem to be able to spare.
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Old 07-05-2010, 07:55 PM
 
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I really wish some developer would come to Rochester and work with the city to do something with the High Falls district. I think there is so much potential there that is just not being realized. Every time we take visitors there to see the falls, it's like a ghost town. There are so many really interesting old buildings there--I know some of them have been fixed up and turned into apartments/offices, but I could see the whole area filled with shops and restaurants, similar to what's been done in the Old Market area of Omaha, NE.
I think there are some examples of old buildings that have been refurbished and are enhancing Rochester--the Geva Theatre's building, for example.
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Old 07-05-2010, 08:04 PM
 
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They tried to make it into an entertainment district a few years back and it failed. There were already a couple other entertainment districts within walking distance to the younger crowd, so nobody wanted to go. I think making the area more family friendly , as opposed to an entertainment district would work. Shops and restaurants would work better than pubs and clubs.
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Old 07-07-2010, 11:39 AM
 
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yes, Providence RI put out a bunch of flames onto the river and held a concert and it has completely revitalized the city. That city would be a good model to follow. The river and High Falls district is really a wasted resource.

Fairport and Pittsford seem to draw a crowd with their Canal Days...
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