– The new train station design is a throwback. The city plans to replace the Amtrak station on Central Ave., which has long been an eyesore. The design released last night clearly tries to mimic the stunning Claude Bragdon station torn down in 1965 (Rochester Subway blogs about the horrific demolition.) We cannot replace that kind of building, but it’s high time we had something pleasing to welcome visitors to Rochester.
I’m not a fan of calling it an intermodal station, as the city desires. It’s a train station that happens to have Greyhound and Trailways buses.
The challenge is to better connect the Amtrak station to the rest of downtown. It’s isolated and not particularly walkable, unless you like walking over treeless overpasses.
– Rochester is rather fortunate compared to other metro areas. One-third of adults have college degrees. There’s a growing divide among cities that have access to a knowledgeable workforce and those that don’t.
– Next time New York State politicians say they want to be more business-friendly, don’t believe them. The state is eyeing a huge toll increase for commercial trucks.
– Rochester was named the 5th “Most-Watched” city, thanks to the plethora of surveillance and red light cameras.