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Links of the Day:

– Rochester scores very well on a national study of urban parks by the Trust for Public Land. (Hat tip to Atlantic Cities.)

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.

8 Responses to We Like Parks

  1. I want Manhattan Square Park to be my favorite…I’m hopeful that in the not too distant future, we’ll see the return of the water feature there to really transform that park. When it was first brought up that it would be come back, I was so excited; but haven’t heard anything since. Anyone have information on that?

    But, Highland Park is my favorite for now – I live nearby and its always a perfect spot for a walk.

  2. The photo you posted of Washington Square Park serves as a reminder of how beautiful it is when it is not ‘occupied.’ While I am routinely somewhat liberal on social issues, I sincerely hope the ‘Occupy Rochester’ movement ends very soon. I still not sure what the occupiers hope to accomplish, but I have no doubt visitors to GEVA and St. Mary’s Church will appreciate Washington Square Park, once tents are removed.

  3. This is perfectly in line with a new group in ROchester called TrailsROC. We are advocates of the parks and specifically running on trails in our parks!!! Great post!

  4. March 12, 2012 at 2:41 pm ben C. responds:

    I’m still trying to figure out how camping out in city parks and arguing with a municipality over your right to do so is a statement against the 1% or Wall Street.

    How feeble is it to think large northeastern and other urbanized city governments are direct players in vulture capitalism, hedge funds, sub-prime mortgages and Bernie Madoff-type scams?

    When I asked an Occupant he told me it was to get public awareness for their cause. I told him why then would you pick a desolate downtown park. Why not Eastview Mall or Brighton Town Hall tot lot park? Got no answer.

  5. March 12, 2012 at 3:06 pm Ruth Russell responds:

    Funny – love the Conan clip. At least it was a benign story. It’s just plain evil when newsreaders get ahold of a press release from a political operative and read it verbatim without questioning its veracity. Or base their “reporting” on it.

  6. March 12, 2012 at 3:08 pm Ruth Russell responds:

    About the parks – actually, St. Mary’s offered to host a porta potty on their lot for the use of the Occupiers. And I’d doubt very much that people who frequent Geva will appreciate violating the First Amendment rights of anybody.

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