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Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, July 10

Jul 10, 2019

First hour: Discussing the City of Rochester's "dynamic staffing" policy for firehouses

Second hour: How to save America's dying malls

A new policy implemented by the City of Rochester allows the fire chief to temporarily close firehouses due to low staffing. The move saves the city more than a million dollars per year. But a number of residents and a local firefighters union are pushing back, saying they have concerns about safety. Mayor Lovely Warren says the policy will not affect response times, and the union's comments about public safety amount to fearmongering. 

  • Molly Clifford, member of Rochester City Council
  • Jonathan Hardin, chair of Many Neighbors Building Neighborhoods, and president of the Charlotte Community Association

*Representatives from the City of Rochester and the Rochester Fire Department were invited to participate in this discussion, but declined.

Then in our second hour, Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang has a proposal to save America's dying malls. Our guests explore his plan and what it could mean for the future of malls. In studio:

  • Howard Decker, board member for the Community Design Center Rochester
  • George Conboy, chairman of Brighton Securities
  • June Williamson, chair of architecture and associate professor in the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at City College of New York