The City of Rochester has released draft guidelines for neighborhood associations. Under the proposal, neighborhoods groups would be required to meet specific standards in order to be officially recognized by the city.

Some neighborhood association leaders are in favor of the guidelines, saying they provide structure for current or future groups. Critics of the proposal say the requirements would exclude groups that do not fall within the guidelines, and would prevent them from participating in monthly meetings and be eligible for funding.

This hour, we examine the draft guidelines and their possible impacts with representatives from local neighborhood associations. In studio:

With the summer kicking off, we’re seeing more children playing outside in their neighborhoods and neighborhoods streets. But do all kids have access to safe places to play?

New research shows that that car crashes involving pedestrians and cyclists are more frequent in some of Rochester’s most economically-challenged neighborhoods. What it will take to make streets safer?

We’re joined by experts and local residents who share their ideas. In studio:

  • Mike Bulger, coordinator for the Healthy Communities Project at Common Ground Health
  • Renée Stetzer, vice president for community outreach and chair of the Pedestrian Workgroup at Reconnect Rochester
  • Lydia Rivera, vice president of the Edgerton Neighborhood Association
  • Wendy Karen, secretary of the Edgerton Neighborhood Association

Students from Genesee Community Charter School have teamed up with a local artist on a mural project to better understand Rochester’s neighborhoods. The ROC Believers join us to share what they learned about poverty, gentrification, and urban revitalization in our city.

In studio:

  • Natalia Barone, sixth grader at Genesee Community Charter School
  • Zack Nur, sixth grader at Genesee Community Charter School
  • Alexis Stubbe, sixth grade teacher at Genesee Community Charter School
  • Shawn Dunwoody, Rochester artist and designer

The debate over a proposed redevelopment project at Cobbs Hill Village continues, after Rochester City Council tabled a vote on the issue last week. Mayor Lovely Warren submitted an amended version of legislation to Council last Thursday.

Developer Rochester Management wants to replace the current 60 apartments with 104 new units. Supporters say upgrades are needed, and the amended legislation would increase affordability of those new units. Those who oppose the project say the changes don’t go far enough, and redevelopment will result in a shortage of affordable housing options for senior citizens. They’ve filed a lawsuit against the city and the developer, among others, in state Supreme Court.

This hour, we talk to people on both sides of the issue. In studio:

What does it take to change the identity of a neighborhood? Residents of the Lyell Avenue neighborhood having been working to develop solutions to persistent challenges in the area, and now they want to share their work with the community. They will host a forum on June 1st, and it's open to the public. 

We hear from them, and from Monroe County Sheriff Baxter on what it takes to uplift a neighborhood. Our guests:

The debate over a proposed redevelopment at Cobbs Hill is just one example of the heated debates that can happen regarding land use, housing, and the rights of neighbors to weigh in.

A newly formed coalition of neighborhood groups called Our Land Roc is dedicated to what it calls "permanently affordable, sustainable development" in the city of Rochester. So what are their demands? We find out with our guests:

  • Matt DeLaus, president of the Pearl-Meigs-Monroe Neighborhood Association, member of Many Neighbors Building Neighborhoods, and member of the City Roots Community Land Trust
  • Rachel Rosen Simpson, climate justice liaison for ROCDSA on the Our Land Roc Coalition
  • Dorian Hall, member of the Plex Neighborhood Association and member of Many Neighbors Building Neighborhoods

How well do you know your neighbors? Well enough to wave hello? Stop by for coffee? Sleep over at their homes? Peter Lovenheim is the author of the book, In the Neighborhood. In it, he describes his mission to become better connected to his neighbors and he does that...by having sleepovers.

A third of Americans say they've never interacted with the people next door. It's part of an overall decline in neighborliness over the past 40 years.

This hour, we discuss why we've become more isolated and how to reverse the trend. Our guests are all community builders:

  • Peter Lovenheim, author of In the Neighborhood
  • Marcus Ebenhoe, director of outreach ministries at Sacred Heart Cathedral
  • Yvonne Ferreira, president of the tenants' association for St. Bernard's Park
  • Brad Huber, leader of the Irondequoit round table

NE Neighbors Join To Plan Their Future

Nov 7, 2015

Neighbors in one part of Northeast Rochester are being asked to help redesign where they live.

"We want the people who live there and are working there now - hardworking people - to maintain and be the strong base for this community's future," said Director of Special Projects Miguel Melendez of the Ibero-American Development Corporation. The IADC is affiliated with the Ibero-American Action League in Rochester.

What does "walkability" truly mean? There was a rather crackling debate in various circles over the weekend after the Democrat & Chronicle covered the issue as it relates to real estate. But critics say the piece revealed how the term "walkability" is being co-opted. We'll explore functional walkability versus recreational walkability, and more with our panel: