Photo by Rachel Blumenthal. Hi, this is Ben. I have lived in Rochester since fall 2001 for college, and continuously since fall 2002. Originally from New York City and a 2005 UR graduate, I am a web developer by profession and the VP of Transitions - Renewing Rochester Together. Before I came here, I had never heard of Rochester. After hanging out with people that were from Rochester originally and were able to show me around, I started liking it. If you are a student, I definitely recommend staying over the summer to get a sense of what Rochester is like. When I was in college I started a business that did food delivery and online ordering for restaurants, but I have since pursued other interests. I was also in a band called People's Donut, later Element Groove, where I was playing reggae and funk on my saxophone. I am relocating to Boston in August because Rachel is going to grad school at BU. I'll be paying nearly twice as much for a worse apartment, woo hoo! However, it will be fun exploring a new city and seeing how other people live. Hopefully I will come back after that, though.
People Other Than me who Have Edited my Page
RachelBlumenthal (It's true; I'm a vandal! Oops...here I go again, editing your page...)
Users/BenMargolis/RestaurantComments - I wrote this because I felt that RocWiki has a disproportionate amount of negative comments for restaurants. Maybe people are more likely to comment when they've had a bad experience, or maybe that makes them feel sophisticated. Who knows? To back this up I should look at the ratio of positive and negative reviews on Yahoo, Yelp, etc. and compare it to RocWiki.
Things I care about
Downtown revival and economic resurgence in Rochester and other cities with a similar plight
Supporting local businesses
Eating locally sourced ingredients when possible, and free-range meat when possible
Pedestrian friendly Rochester (Not having to wait 5 mins to cross the street :)
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2009-08-02 10:40:09 Hi Ben, I was editing Grove Place and saw your image uploads and note. I looked at the RochesterDowntown site, but could not find the posted photos anywhare. Just for clarity on any copyright issues, do they belong to RochesterDowntown and do we have specific permission to post the photos. Thanks, Brad —BradMandell