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Rochester is updating its Center City Master plan, last revised in 2002. That plan called for an Erie Canal Port on Exchange St. and a performing arts center. No one envisioned the demolition of Midtown Plaza and the continued deterioration of Sibley. Over the last decade, there have also been a skyrocketing number of new residential units.

Downtown has changed over the last decade, some for the better, some for the worst. But it’s clear downtown is on the cusp of positive growth. The conversion of Midtown Tower into apartments is the latest announcement signalling a revitalization.

The above video details the current administration’s vision. But there are gaps. And the city is seeking your input. An online survey asks if you’d like a grocery store, theater, or other amenities. It asks what it takes for you to visit downtown. It’s a good opportunity to weigh in on a topic that always spurs debate.

Links of the Day:

Brockport axed Brock the Port celebration because of nuisance complaints.

– The Thruway Authority could be considering toll hikes on all of us, not just trucks.

– HSBC is vacating the downtown Buffalo tower bearing its name.

– Instagram cut off Twitter and perhaps cut off its nose to spite its face.

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