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Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, February 19

Feb 19, 2020

First hour: Local farmers react to Bloomberg's comments about farmers and American workers

Second hour: Reshaping Rochester - Discussing multi-model transportation in urban areas

Michael Bloomberg is taking criticism for his comments about farmers and American workers. His campaign says he was taken out of context. Farmers respond that their work is not as simple as Bloomberg described. We discuss the dignity of work and the challenge of farming with our guests: 

  • Christopher Missick, owner and winemaker for Bellangelo winery
  • Ruth Blackwell, owner of Mud Creek Farm
  • Matt Kelly, Finger Lakes farmer¬†

Then in our second hour, the Community Design Center's (CDC) Reshaping Rochester series continues with a conversation about multi-modal transportation in urban areas. Shin-pei Tsay is the director of policy, cities, and transportation at Uber. Previously, she was a commissioner of public design in New York City. She'll be in Rochester next week for the CDC's series, but first, she joins us on Connections to discuss how we can reasonably assess public demand for different forms of transportation in cities, what kind of buy-in is necessary to achieve significant change, and how transportation can be a key component in creating a sustainable urban future. Our guests:

  • Shin-pei Tsay, director of policy, cities, and transportation at Uber
  • Maria Furgiuele, executive director of the Community Design Center Rochester
  • Jason Partyka, member of Reconnect Rochester
  • Julie Boasi, director of service planning at RTS