Midtown Plaza closed in 2008. Four years later, the mall has been torn down and nothing has opened on the 8-acre site. Besides Windstream, we don’t know what will fill in the property in the years to come. It remains a hole in the middle of downtown Rochester.
But there is hope!
While the pace of change has been frustrating, I was encouraged to read about an eerily similar scenario in Columbus, Ohio. That city closed its downtown shopping mall in 2009. City Center opened in 1988 and was on DeadMalls.com in short order. City Planners tore down the mall and built a park on the 9-acre site. One-third of the property was reserved for market-driven development.
The new development happened remarkably fast. By the end of 2010, Columbus Commons was hosting events. New development is springing up around the site.
The Columbus story reaffirms Rochester’s decision to get rid of the mall. But Rochester has a ways to go to duplicate Columbus’ success.
Links of the Day:
- Should New York cities be allowed to declare bankruptcy or should the state impose control boards?
- A single before and after photo in the Democrat and Chronicle shows how a neighborhood deteriorates and why preservation is important.
- The New York Times profiled an art exhibit at the Rochester Institute of Technology featuring a cast of colorful characters.
- USA Today says it’s better to tip restaurant servers in cash. Maybe so, but all of the reasons listed are not the customers’ problem. Unscrupulous restaurant owners must get their act together. It’s not practical for consumers to carry around cash.