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Connections: Rochester To Activate Downtown Assets Through Rose Fellowship


Rochester is one of four U.S. cities to be selected to participate in the National League of Cities' and Urban Land Institute's Rose Fellowship. During the one year fellowship, a local team will collaborate with advisers from across the nation to address a "land use" challenge. The project at hand? Activating three downtown assets: Main Street, the Genesee riverfront, and the Broad Street Aqueduct.

What will downtown look like five years from now? And what lessons can Rochester learn from other cities? We explore these questions with our guests:

  • Gideon Berger, program director of the Daniel Rose Fellowship program at the Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use
  • Nadine Fogarty, vice president of Strategic Economics in Berkeley, California
  • Kevin Kelley, senior community housing planner for the Housing Division in the Department of Neighborhood and Business Development for the City of Rochester, and Rose Fellowship project manager
  • Baye Muhammad, commissioner for the Department of Neighborhood and Business Development for the City of Rochester
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.