Sunday, April 20, 2008

New Urbanist Kickoff and other Upcoming Events

Finally some time to exhale and get back to the blog. Between a tighter than normal work schedule, the meetup, a big spring maintenance day (can you believe it got up to 86 on April 19th?), and an open house today, I've really being shirking my blog duties.

It seems as though the meetup was generally successful from at least a presentation standpoint. I felt like I was able to address most questions asked. While I would have liked to stick around and discuss particular aspects of the Rochester de facto urbanism movement, I should probably have prepared some distinct topics along those lines if that was going to happen. The mentality of the meeting was largely formal in nature.

We had an excellent cross section of city dwellers, an IT Professional from Water St, developers from Corn Hill and Grove Place, a leader of young professional organizations from the South Wedge, a practicing planner from the Village Gate area, an electrical enginner from East Ave. and a business owner/green energy advocate from Brighton. The future of the group aside, it is my sincere hope that everybody who was present, regardless of vocation, looks at the public realm a little differently going forward and champions good development practices that bring urban value back to the City of Rochester. If you were unable to attend and are interested in what was discussed, all the presentation materials including my speech over the slides are available in the files section of the meetup.

Next on the schedule is the first Clean Sweep (sign up here!) event though there are some competing events this Thursday with definite New Urbanist merit.

RRCDC's Reshaping Rochester Lecture Series

David Boehlke
Founding Member, Healthy Neighborhoods Group
David Boehlke is a nationally recognized expert in neighborhood revitalization and our country’s leading authority on Healthy Neighborhoods. He has worked with over 100 cities and towns, emphasizing older neighborhoods with declining or stagnant populations.
Theme: Healthy Neighborhoods: a Revitalization Strategy
Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 111 N. Chestnut Street
Thursday, April 24 • 7–9 pm
$10/advance • $15/door

RGRTA Customer Town Meeting

Mark Aesch, Chief Executive Officer
Aesch welcomes your comments and suggestions at the Customer Town Meetings.
Please join us on Thursday, April 24, 2008 at 6:00pm at the Gleason Auditorium, Rundel Library, 115 South Avenue, Rochester, NY.

Considering I became a 31 Day Pass user on Tuesday, I'm acutely inclined to attend the transit town meeting while I've already experienced the quality and value of the lecture series. I wonder if it's at all possible to do both.

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