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I started this blog in December 2011. More than 800 posts later, I am so grateful to have this outlet. My favorite topics include, city and state politics, inequality, census stats, studies detailing what life is like in our region and downtown development. I appreciate our conversations!

Here are the most-viewed blog posts on The Rochesterian in 2014:

10. On the Waterpark: Remember when Mayor Lovely Warren said she wanted a waterpark downtown? Not sure what ever happened to that idea. I looked into the pros and cons.

9. In Defense of the Port Project: I played devil’s advocate on the development plan that angered many in the community.

8. Mayor Warren’s First Year: A look at the good, the bad and the ugly.

7. What I Said 20 Years Ago: My high school graduation speech was a real downer. This speech could be given at almost any RCSD high school today.

6. Realistic? Buckingham Properties revealed its vision for the Tower at Midtown. With the death of Larry Glazer, it’s not clear if this vision will fully come to pass.

5. This Could Be Us: I was jealous of Buffalo for creating a downtown attraction based on the canal.

4. Cuomo Angers Meteorologists: The governor upset a lot of meteorologists when he said they didn’t predict the massive Western New York snow storm.

3. Where We Move: I took a look at census data and showed the top counties in the U.S. where Rochesterians move.

2. Shaming Prostitutes: I was disturbed by the mug shot of a woman sent out in a press release by the Wayne County Sherriff. I was even more disturbed by the comments about the photo on social media. These women are often victims and need our help.

1. 10 Questions About the Security Detail: As the “Uncle Reggie” scandal, I posed a number of questions we have since gotten answered. This blog post prompted the mayor’s then-communications director to snap at me and the mayor to ignore me at her now-infamous press conference denying her uncle was going 90-plus miles per hour and was stopped twice on the Thruway. This episode was the first of several mind-boggling public relations disasters during the mayor’s first year.


My Favorite Posts Few People Read:


Urban Suburban’s Flaw: I discuss a court case from the 1990s challenging this program. The judges identified a big problem that persists today.

The Summer of 2002: Four black men died in police-involved incidents. This is how Mayor Bill Johnson and Police Chief Bob Duffy kept the peace.

Does Rochester Have a Housing Problem?: We hear that buying a house is very affordable in Rochester. But renters don’t have it so easy.

They Really Are Living at Home: All the stats you ever wanted to know about Rochester’s Millennials.

All the Single Men (and Ladies): Check out stats on the Rochester dating scene.

Lies, Damn Lies and the Bills: I can’t stand when people inflate the economic benefits of having the Buffalo Bills around.

The Message Sent: Racism and local crime reporting.

Keurig For My Clothes: I might be the only person in Rochester who bought a Swash.

14 Responses to The Rochesterian: Your Faves & Mine

  1. The fun part about making these types of lists is seeing the difference between the way you write and what you like to write about, compared to the interests of the people who support what you do. Personally, mine really made me appreciate that for a large part of my readership, I’m writing what matters. Hopefully, I’m saying what matters. And with the rest I find, they’re subjects for which the time just maybe wasn’t quite right.

    You’ve had a tremendous year in blogging. Looking forward to many more!

  2. December 30, 2014 at 7:22 pm John kistner responds:

    A new topic: until a few years ago there was a WW1 era cannon sitting on a pedestal at the North end of Washington park, near the library. It dematerialised and no one in the city centre seems to know what became of it. Would you have any information as to what happened to it? Thanks, john.

  3. Have read your blog for a year now and look forward to your posts. I am a fellow Cornellian and local contractor/building preservationist. Your insight is insightful and fair. Hope we meet one day. steve jordan

  4. December 30, 2014 at 8:27 pm Sue Smith responds:

    I read about the Swash.

  5. December 31, 2014 at 6:28 am Dorothy Egan responds:

    Thank You – Enjoy the perspective of the Rochesterian

  6. Rachel,
    You have a great page! As a subscriber I appreciate the site very much.
    There is a fine line that you walk with this page. Since it is your page it reflects what you feel is important and your views on subjects. Since you are a reporter by trade, people tend to think you should present a totally unbiased view.
    My personal feelings are that you pick topics which promote conversation and you do an admirable job of being neutral. Human nature and your role as a writer dictates that part of your passion will show. That is fine. It promotes more discussion and comments.
    I think your role here is as a blogger and not necessarily as an unbiased reporter. You do well in not taking sides, but I don’t think people should mind if you let your views out from time to time. Those of us who have been following you for a few years understand your views on many issues and it’s good that you show them and that you respect counter opinions without taking them personally.
    Thanks for the page.

  7. December 31, 2014 at 8:44 am Larry Kilbury responds:

    I have spent much time this morning reading your blog. Thank you very highly for sending out this free blog. You are a good reporter and write very well. You were attractive as a 17 year old and you are gorgeous now. I wish you the best of everything in the New Year.

  8. Rachel,

    I graduated from Marshall in 1960. The teachers all dressed very nice.
    Principle, VP and counselors all wore suits. We were taught respect, and
    were prepared for life after graduation. I went back a few years ago to
    record the Marshall Steel Band and could not believe how bad the
    school had become! One thing I noticed was the embedded Military Recruiting office.
    Not sure this is a good thing.

    BTY: You are the best Reporter Rochester has had in a long time.
    Keep it up.


    Dave Kaspersin
    Dynamic Recording Studio

  9. Thanks Rachel for all you do. I haven’t interacted with you as much on social media this year (my loss), but I still read 🙂

    Have a safe and wonderful new year.

  10. January 1, 2015 at 4:41 pm Alexei Tetenov responds:

    The link for the “The Message Sent: Racism and local crime reporting.” story is not correct.
    It is: http://http//therochesterian.com/2014/08/12/the-message-sent/
    It should be: http://therochesterian.com/2014/08/12/the-message-sent/

    Keep up the good work

  11. Rachel,
    I didn’t see a Fave about education, but I know that everyone here is concerned about it.
    Someone sent me this link and I wondered what everyone’s thought was on it. The video is pretty eye-opening.
    Maybe some discussion will produce some ideas.

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