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Old 07-02-2012, 08:19 PM
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We've been house hunting in Pittsford (and Brighton) and I'm somewhat frustrated that the urban planning led to a series of very small neighborhoods consisting of dead-ends or small loops off a major road. Even if roads didn't connect the backs of the developments with each other, it would have been nice if walking paths would have been provided for children to access more than the 15 to 30 homes on the one or two streets in their neighborhood, without having to ask for a ride to a neighboring development.

My sister lived in Hilliard OH (west of Columbus) and the developments there had walking paths that gave children greater access to each other than if they were restricted to traveling by road.

According to Google maps, such a path does connects Skytop Lane to Sunset Blvd (south of W. Jefferson), but there are many other instances where paths would have been very effective at expanding kids' access to each other. If done right, most homes within areas bounded by the major roads could have had foot/bike access to each other.

Oh, well. Just had to gripe, and wonder if any of you share in my frustration on this issue. And whether you think there is any possibility of fixing it.
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Old 07-04-2012, 01:16 AM
Location: Rochester, New York
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Which specific areas in Brighton / Pittsford are you looking into? Both towns have distinct areas, all with different features which vary greatly depending which specific neighborhood you choose to look at. For instance the older neighborhoods in Brighton (Home Acres, Rose lawn, and Bel-Air) which are in close proximity to the city are all more urban and walkable. They have shorter blocks, sidewalks, small neighborhood parks, without all the cul-de-sacs and dead end streets. The above neighborhoods, in Brighton, are all North of Elmwood, as you cross South of Elmwood ave toward the Pittsford border they become more sprawling and spread out. The newer tracks South of Elmwood would be more similar the ones you mentioned (although there are a few older streets mixed in also).

The town of Pittsford is a bit trickier to nail down because it’s such a huge area; but I would think the village of Pittsford would be the best bet for you. The village has several beautiful old houses as well as a commercial main street with quaint old buildings plus another strip of restaurants along the canal. When you get out of the village all bets are off. The town has dozens of subdivisions some which are very suburban as well as others which are semi rural.

I’m not too familiar with the sunset blvd area that you mentioned, I’m also not sure exactly where the village ends and the town begins. I do know that if you were a few blocks closer to Monroe ave and main st you would see more of a traditional neighborhood look.
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