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– 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.

Old Train Station

Old Train Station

– 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.

8 Responses to What’s Old is New…

  1. It’s not just “unless you like walking over treeless overpasses” – it also feels fairly unsafe in that area… It probably is safe, but it sure doesn’t feel that way.

  2. May 31, 2012 at 8:36 am Traci responds:

    QOTD – “it’s high time we had something pleasing to welcome visitors to Rochester.” Would be nice to have our guests’ arrival not be one but “WTH?!?!” moment.

  3. We drove to Chicago last year for a convention; were amazed one month later to receive a traffic fine for having been in an intersection for .3 second on a red light. We aren’t in the habit of running red lights, but trying to find our way in an unfamiliar city, our slight miscalculation was understandable. Chicago is ranked #30; guess we just happened to be in the wrong intersection. Needless to say, I think slapping out of state tourists with a hundred dollar fine a month after the fact is a crappy way to treat them; it definitely left a negative impression of that city. I would imagine there are many thinking the same thing about Rochester!

  4. The new train station will certainly be an improvement. However, safety is a very important factor. When I have used the present train station, I took a cab there, as opposed to parking my car in a lot that is not very secure.

    I am old enough to remember Rochester’s historic train station. It was indeed beautiful. Our present station is a disgrace, especially considering that many passengers coming to Rochester board there trains at beautiful stations in cities such as New York or Toronto.

  5. May 31, 2012 at 1:43 pm Carlos Mercado responds:

    Even as solid businessmen prepare to take down the historic Cataract Building,we mourn over the destruction of the NYC depot 48 years ago in the name of good business practice. Then we think of how to raise $70 million for a performing arts center 46 years after the RKO Palace was destroyed in the name of progress and good business. The common thread for these three buildings: Remove them for additional parking spaces in a downtown that already uses 60% of its land to store autos.

  6. May 31, 2012 at 3:13 pm Mittens responds:

    I liked Reconnect Rochester’s design better though.

  7. May 31, 2012 at 9:29 pm James responds:

    I think your second link is wrong.

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