Links of the Day:
– It’s decision day for 13 Cataract St. There will be a hearing tonight. No matter what happens, the city’s process to review proposals to demolish historic buildings will likely be revised. This debate has revealed a disjointed process and a limited role of the preservation board.
These cases will continue to come up. The Democrat and Chronicle‘s Brian Sharp has a great example. A developer wants to tear down a historic church on W. Main St. to put up a Dollar General. He compares his situation to the brewery and delivers the best quote of the day:
“Here they approved the one for the brewery,” (Marvin) Maye said. “I think mine is kind of similar, but I don’t have the kind of jack the brewery has got.”
The Hojack Swing Bridge, High Falls smokestack, 13 Cataract and Midtown Plaza are all examples of structures with historic value either in danger or torn down. The City School District’s modernization plan could have some preservationists raising eyebrows.
The Rochester Subway blog, an advocate for preservation, has been highlighting “eyesores” saved from the wrecking ball.
Rochester has a sad history of blowing up buildings, such as the RKO Palace. It’s a good idea to put a better process in place. But the city has to figure out what kind of outcome it wants.
– Is the downtown rental housing market too expensive? A Democrat and Chronicle blogger says he’s priced out. He questions why anyone would want to live downtown when there’s “nothing there.”
People want to live downtown for unique spaces, convenience and an urban environment. Landlords charge what people will pay. Apparently, there is something downtown people want.
– Ontario County Sheriff Phil Povero says kids should never be left alone in a car. His office arrested a couple claiming they left their 3-year-old alone in a Best Buy lot for 5 minutes. Deputies claim it was 45 minutes. That’s a significant difference.
The Free Range Kids blog has the tale of a mom who let her young kids wait in the car. The incident is now ruining her life.
– We now know why Mike Green wasn’t appointed to the top job at a state criminal justice agency. The governor was getting around salary rules.
– This is everything you would want to know about Gannett buyouts across the country.