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2007-03-28 09:57:00   Oh, heavens no. I hate the duck tours. They slow traffic and attract obnoxious, disoriented people - one of Rochester's charms, in my opinion, is its distinct lack of such tacky tourist culture. —DanielMiner

2007-03-28 10:32:27   I was half-joking :) I definitely don't think we have enough space for duck tours. And can you imagine the duck floating on the genessee? "Mommy, why is the water so brown?" It'd be cool if we had some sort of small tour type of thing, though—maybe a trolley. Definitely not a whole fleet of ducks or double-decker buses, just a trolley or two. —RachelBlumenthal

2007-03-28 10:34:43   My mom works for Whole Foods. They are not interested in competing with Wegmans so thats a no-go. I write Trader Joes about 5-6 times a year asking for a WNY Trader Joes. No luck yet. I also think we need an IKEA —KimBee

2007-03-28 19:30:46   I wonder if the Duffy administration even knows that this page exists... sure, many of the ideas are crazy, but it seems like a good forum for citizen feedback —GrahamSaathoff

2007-05-11 13:45:04   There used to be a Long John Silver out W. Henrietta Rd. (still there?) Wegmans will no way never allow a Trader Joe in W. NY. They only allow Tops b/c otherwise they'd get sued for being a monopoly by Feds. —CarolLucky

2007-05-11 15:29:21   I would also love to see an Ikea here, since the closest one is about 3 hours away and in Canada. It says above that this is possibly in the works? Can anyone substantiate this? —AdrienneDahler

2007-05-22 15:22:06   * I'd like to see Fairport develop into a nice tourist area with funky shops — like Brockport — nothing "touristy" but with different and unusual stores...not vacuum cleaner repair shops!! —PamKincheloe

2007-06-16 19:55:35   We don't need to take buildings down, we need something architecturally significant. —McgMatt

2007-06-16 20:15:03   A fountain in the Genessee river is a bad idea. It was considered the most carcinogenic river in the country in 2003, and is still in the top 5. A fountain would let the wind blow that water around in the air for people to breathe in. [WWW]

2007-06-21 11:00:13   A fountain could be put on the wall beneath the War Memorial - Blue Cross Arena, upriver from Kodak. This is also a tourist area and could be really great. Or what if something weird like that had been incorporated into the new 490 bridge? My crazy idea about skyscrapers is merely a lament about the sad state of downtown Rochester. The companies in the tall buildings were not able to save Midtown Mall or keep Sibley's downtown. —CarolLucky

2007-06-29 12:16:52   Why is it an absurd idea to dismantle the inner loop? Many cities have rid themselves of ill-conceived freeway projects from the 50's and 60's. San Francisco and Boston are but two. It really does suffocate the downtown area and create a "no-mans land" that people do not like to cross. —DerickBulkley

2007-08-17 21:16:18   I say we get rid of these trendy, new, high priced downtown condos, and the commercialization of Monroe Avenue and give people incentives to buy actual homes in the city. They are affordable and are beautiful with TLC. I live in San Diego now and it is a no man's land of tacky cookie cutter condos and strip malls. I don't wish that on Rochester, ever. Can't wait to come back home kids! 2011! —MayaDriscoll

2007-09-29 08:01:16   Bike paths throughout the city! It's great to ride along the canal, but it would also be nice to be able to ride to work and shops and downtown without risking your life every time while riding on the streets, swerving pedestrians while riding illegally on the sidewalks, or holding up miles of traffic on the streets. C'mon Rochester, be a progressive leader on this one! —KarenHolmes

2007-10-16 16:07:13   I think we should turn the inner loop into bike and pedestrian only. The parts of it that touch the ground could be torn up to be replaced with green space and old growth trees, and the parts that are bridges above 490 would stay as is. —KristinCox

2007-10-16 19:52:46   I second the La Madeleine café post! I LOVE that place!!!! —RocGirl

2007-10-18 20:48:42   Maggie is using the Paetec announcement to keep bring Ren Sqaure back up. Kill the idea already, especially the bus depot.

We really need to start pushing for light rail. Busses get caught up in the same traffic as cars and are loud and bumpy.

It needs to be a county based solution though, you can't expect it to survive souly in the city. It must be a viable option for people from the 'burbs to ride the train in and then use that to get around the city and take it back to the 'burbs. —JohnJoseph

2007-11-02 14:40:34   I like the downtown condos and think they are a good idea. I would rather have those and preserve the last remaining open space in Brighton / Henrietta etc. —CarolLucky

2007-11-08 17:37:01   RIT now also has FlexCar. And I agree with the radio station comment. There is no good alternative/modern radio during the day, when most people listen to the radio. Instead we get syndicated garbage talk from those Reasons I Regret Free Speech, Opie and Anthony. —ZackPanitzke

2007-11-11 16:25:51   I wish for a Chic-Fil-a! I don't like any other fast food, but I always eat Chic-Fil-a when I go south. —SaraChristine

2007-12-02 11:13:41   Re: Fountain in the Genesee River: they tried that 30 years ago or more. The remains are visible during low water in the summertime. It sits between Main Street and the Sister Cities pedestrian bridge. I was told it failed within a year or two of construction because the river carries a lot of silt and the silt gummed up the fountain.

Re: radio stations: Obviously we all like different kinds of music, but WBER is one of my FAVORITE things about Rochester. May it never go away. —JasonHaremza

2007-12-08 08:54:11   I came on this site to let others know of Skips in the Village a division of the Skip's Meat Markets throughout Rochester. This one is a gem.Clean, wide variety, great personneland knowledgeable. Fairports best kept secret. —ShellyGabel

2007-12-09 13:51:41   I think it'd be great if people would stop wishing for chains to show up in Rochester. Yes, I love Chipotle as much as the next person, but I think the city has more pressing local business issues.

It'd also be great if the local media would focus on the opening of actual local businesses and not chains or franchises. Really? We need a huge news story because a new Staples is opening? Or that LL Bean is coming to town? Or that person #435 bought a franchise to open because they couldn't think of a good idea on their own? —MarcVera

2008-06-03 20:53:55   I was born and raised in Rochester. I also work for Whole Foods in Pittsburgh, PA. I think that Whole Foods could easily compete with Wegmans. All they have to do is put a store in the City. How about one near U of R? Guaranteed business from Strong and UR. Plus it would be nice to have a grocery store that gives back to its immediate community like my Whole Foods does. Just a thought. —PeterCayer

2008-06-12 17:27:07   About the inner loop killing downtown your probably right but the South east and west sides were saved by it every area in the North has slowly deteriorated like Lake Ave. N. Clinton Ave. due to the spread of drug sales and the riots in 1964. While the South had some bad times but for the last 20 years has improved just look at real estate price and compare north south I Just wish that our city leaders would see investing in park Ave. Monroe Ave. elmwood, highland,East Ave get older people w/o children into the city as well as their tax $$$ then try slow measured improvements to high falls which unlike park Ave. Monroe Ave. elmwood, highland,East Ave has no neighborhood to draw on for customers if you have to drive look then look for a spot and pay for parking then walk to the place it makes ita less attractive destination. Spigetti warehouse was nice. - Nate Riley —N8Riley

2008-06-18 16:33:08   The Monorail and Clock of Nations are NOT pathetic. They are historic public works of art / fun / pleasure. Diversity and learning about people other than yourself will never go out of style. If it does, this world is in deep trouble. The Clock of Nations was put into place when a majority of households probably didn't have television, much less color television, or foreign films or the Internet. Learn your history before you make spurious announcements. —CarolLucky

2008-06-18 16:39:27   Oh yes that fountain is at the foot of the base of Sister City Bridge. Yes but there are more than a few old mill races still in place that maybe could feed a fountain. Or simply tap into a city water main. —CarolLucky

2008-06-18 16:44:03   Don't understand what is wrong with Park Ave now? It is a walking street already. To truly take cars away would be a nightmare. Besides it is too long - especially in the winter. No one would want to walk from the Toad in Hole down to Abbotts, it would be a long, empty icy gray expanse. not very fun. —CarolLucky

2008-10-24 12:40:28   I heard that Costello & Son is working on a development idea by Clinton Crossings with Brighton Town Govt. Some of the things they want to put in that area include, lofts overlooking the canal, a Whole Foods, and a Ruth Chris! —DanetteFitzgerald

2011-11-23 22:03:40   There IS a fountain in the river, between the 2 legs of the pedestrian brige, between the 2 hotels. It was installed in the mid 1960's, and it worked for maybe 3 months until the pipes were clogged by silt, and has never worked since. Look down some day when the water level is low-it's still there! —Alex-C

2013-06-17 12:38:21   Clean-up, improve, modernize Clinton Ave. at Main Street. The heart of the City has reflex disease. —dew4794

2015-07-13 13:53:57   Maybe the city is reading this wishlist. I see that most of these proposals were written around 2007, and a good amount have come true. Let's keep them coming! —sub619

2018-11-02 10:54:31   Let's pump up visitor numbers with appealing tourist attractions that commemorate local history, legends and lore.

There's dozens of other instances of local history and legends that would be really cool to promote (And NY State has a "Legends and Lore" marker grant program to help with signage) —JosephPearson