More Links of the Day:
– Check out the planned Port of Rochester. The city released more renderings, along with its final environmental impact statement. The city plans to spend nearly $30 million to dig out a large marina (and use the dirt to fill in the Inner Loop). The marina will be used to attract developers of housing and retail.
There’s no question development on this scale – more than 400 residential units – would alter the character of the port. A project page on the city website has a lot of information.
City Newspaper recently questioned if the plan will lead to gentrification. I’m not sure who would see rents or property values rise. Most of the houses in Charlotte are rather removed from the beach.
As for business gentrification, would a place like LDR Char Pit be forced out? I hope the day never comes when we can’t go to the lake for a hamburger with hot sauce and some Abbott’s. As long there is plenty of public access and room for parking (a garage is needed), I don’t see the port becoming too ritzy. This is Rochester, after all.
But it’s a project of such size and scope, we’ll need to monitor its progress and assess the impacts. I will be reading the environmental impact statement soon. (Opening the large file at work was starting to break my computer!)
Update: I skimmed the environmental impact statement. A garage is NOT planned, even though nearly 500 spaces will be eliminated. The city believes 700-plus parking spaces are adequate for the first phase of the project, except on Saturdays and during special events. The city says garages are expensive to build and maintain, and the port is not utilized year-round.
– The “Secret Sidewalk” on Beach Avenue in Charlotte is the subject of a lawsuit. A woman claims her neighbors are restricting use of the public sidewalk.
– Two former waiters in Buffalo created an iPad app for more efficient service. I haven’t seen any Rochester restaurants use iPads. Have you?
– If you can’t take your iPad or laptop to a coffee shop and linger for a couple hours, what’s the point? Some coffee shops are fed up with Wi-Fi moochers and water-drinkers. There’s always the downtown library, which has a Tim Horton’s!