More Links of the Day:
– How about a Rochester Pop-Up?
The city of Pittsburgh is enjoying success with “pop-up” stores, shops that fill up vacant downtown spaces for a short time rent-fee. If the stores are profitable, they might set up shop permanently. A successful series of pop-ups can create a mini-retail district, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Pop-ups long have been popular in other cities, including New York. In some cases, big-name retailers occupy pop-up locations for no more than a month.
Pittsburgh chose its first 11 pop-ups from among 90 or so applicants. They’ll get free rent for as long as a year, thanks to a $25,000 grant from the city Urban Redevelopment Authority and funds from the Heinz Endowments, Colcom Foundation and an anonymous donor.
The first pop-up surfaced before Christmas. Eight storefronts are occupied now, and three soon-to-come ventures will round out the program.
This is slightly similar to an approach taken by Mt. Morris developer Greg O’Connell, who charges only $5 a square foot in rent.
Rochester’s downtown has plenty of vacant storefronts. It would be cool to see something like this take off, but we’d need willing building owners. It could really “pop.”
– The city can force the Occupy Rochester protesters to leave Washington Square Park, according to a judge’s ruling.
– When charter schools fail, children can get terribly hurt. Are we experimenting on kids in the name of school choice?
– The nation’s big phone companies are trying to take away your right to a landline, writes Rochester’s own David Cay Johnston.
– Rochester has some fine examples of WPA art. Should there be more public art?