Facts about our parks:
- Rochester has 1,501 acres of parkland within city limits, covering 6.7 percent of city land.
- Washington Square Park is among the country’s oldest, established in 1817.
- Rochester has 82 ball diamonds, or 4 diamonds per 1,000 residents. That puts Rochester among the top 10 cities in the country.
- Rochester has 2.2 park playgrounds per 1,000 residents. That’s about at the median for cities across the country.
- Rochester spends $56 per residents on parks and recreation, below the country’s median of $84.
- Regional price disparities in gasoline mainly have to do with transporting the fuel. That’s unlikely to change.
- The Democrat and Chronicle chose not to run Doonesbury’s cartoon about abortion. But it did run it – online. This is an example of an artificial and pointless print and digital divide. It makes no sense to censor something that’s available widely online – or on Doonesbury’s website. Either run it – or don’t.
- Feral pigs are invading Upstate New York.
- Conan O’Brien ran a piece that makes local TV news seem truly ridiculous.