I started this blog in December 2011. More than 800 posts later, I am so grateful to have this outlet. My favorite topics include, city and state politics, inequality, census stats, studies detailing what life is like in our region and downtown development. I appreciate our conversations!
Here are the most-viewed blog posts on The Rochesterian in 2014:
10. On the Waterpark: Remember when Mayor Lovely Warren said she wanted a waterpark downtown? Not sure what ever happened to that idea. I looked into the pros and cons.
9. In Defense of the Port Project: I played devil’s advocate on the development plan that angered many in the community.
8. Mayor Warren’s First Year: A look at the good, the bad and the ugly.
7. What I Said 20 Years Ago: My high school graduation speech was a real downer. This speech could be given at almost any RCSD high school today.
6. Realistic? Buckingham Properties revealed its vision for the Tower at Midtown. With the death of Larry Glazer, it’s not clear if this vision will fully come to pass.
5. This Could Be Us: I was jealous of Buffalo for creating a downtown attraction based on the canal.
4. Cuomo Angers Meteorologists: The governor upset a lot of meteorologists when he said they didn’t predict the massive Western New York snow storm.
3. Where We Move: I took a look at census data and showed the top counties in the U.S. where Rochesterians move.
2. Shaming Prostitutes: I was disturbed by the mug shot of a woman sent out in a press release by the Wayne County Sherriff. I was even more disturbed by the comments about the photo on social media. These women are often victims and need our help.
1. 10 Questions About the Security Detail: As the “Uncle Reggie” scandal, I posed a number of questions we have since gotten answered. This blog post prompted the mayor’s then-communications director to snap at me and the mayor to ignore me at her now-infamous press conference denying her uncle was going 90-plus miles per hour and was stopped twice on the Thruway. This episode was the first of several mind-boggling public relations disasters during the mayor’s first year.
My Favorite Posts Few People Read:
– Urban Suburban’s Flaw: I discuss a court case from the 1990s challenging this program. The judges identified a big problem that persists today.
– The Summer of 2002: Four black men died in police-involved incidents. This is how Mayor Bill Johnson and Police Chief Bob Duffy kept the peace.
– Does Rochester Have a Housing Problem?: We hear that buying a house is very affordable in Rochester. But renters don’t have it so easy.
– They Really Are Living at Home: All the stats you ever wanted to know about Rochester’s Millennials.
– All the Single Men (and Ladies): Check out stats on the Rochester dating scene.
– Lies, Damn Lies and the Bills: I can’t stand when people inflate the economic benefits of having the Buffalo Bills around.
– The Message Sent: Racism and local crime reporting.
– Keurig For My Clothes: I might be the only person in Rochester who bought a Swash.