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The City of Rochester is expanding a program designed to increase the number of owner-occupants living in the city. The CHOICE program was originally designed for downtown living opportunities, but not the city wants to take the program to all parts of Rochester.

Supporters say it's effective; critics say it amounts to a tax giveaway to wealthy people. Our guests debate it. In studio:

  • Rachel Barnhart, member of the Monroe County Legislature
  • Matthew Denker, developer with LBLD Living
  • Blake Gianniny, principal at FGB Property

Midtown Athletic Club is growing, and looked to Monroe County for taxpayer incentives as it expands. The county is supportive, saying that Midtown’s growth will result in new jobs and economic development.

Critics contend that most Monroe County residents can not afford a Midtown membership, and this is a case of the rich getting richer without much ripple effect. Our guests debate it: