Community Design Center News......................................... April 2022
Transitions & Next Chapters
As many of you know, our permanent Executive Director, Maria Furgiuele, has been on medical leave while in treatment for multiple myeloma for several months. After much consideration, she has decided not to return to the CDCR. We fully understand and support her decision to continue focusing 100% on her health. Thank you, Maria, for all you've given the CDCR over the years -- we're sending nothing but the best for your healing journey and hope you will return in a different capacity when you're feeling up to it.

As with many transitions, this is a bittersweet time, made especially complicated by the specific circumstances. At the same time, we are really looking forward to the next chapter of our organization, which will be fueled by a robust, multi-year strategic plan.

All this said, we have officially launched a search for our next Executive Director! This is a rare opportunity for anyone who values purposeful design and engagement, and would like to work with community stakeholders to improve the Greater Rochester region.

March's Lecture with Dr. Andre M. Perry
Thank you to all who attended our webinar with Dr. Andre M. Perry last month! His presentation "Worthy of Investment: Restoring Value to Black Communities" had over 100 attendees and brought a personal and systemic perspective to the devaluation of Black property and assets. He even drew upon original research that declares Rochester, NY the #2 city in the country where Black homes are devalued compared with white homes, at -65%. We are grateful to Dr. Perry for sharing his presentation and story, which offered an important lens for considering our 2022 theme: The Ideal City.

We also hosted a follow-up Community Conversation to further connect Dr. Perry's lecture to the local context with Robin Wilt (Co-chair of the GRAR Black Caucus), Lanie Bittner (President of GRAR), and Bret Garwood (CEO of Home Leasing).

Click the image above to watch a recording of the lecture.

Join us for our next Reshaping Rochester lecture!
Food Equity by Design
Dr. Samina Raja
Professor & Dean + Director of Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab at University at Buffalo | Buffalo, NY

April 27, 12:00pm
Zoom Webinar
Get a Sneak Peek!
Dr. Raja will be on Connections the week of April 18 to preview the lecture.

Local & Notable:
Image Credit: Randy Gorbman / WXXI News
Inner Loop In-fill Investment at the State Level

"Governor Kathy Hochul...announced a $100 million commitment in state aid to continue the process for local plans to fill in the rest of the Inner Loop in Rochester."

Climate Solutions Summit

Celebrate Earth Month with the Climate Solutions Accelerator's Summit April 23-24! Attendees will hear from climate solutions leaders, plug into regional climate action strategy, join educational and interactive field trips, learn how to advocate for climate action, and more.

Additional Map Resources Made Available

The City of Rochester is in the midst of a Zoning Alignment Project (ZAP) which will rewrite land use laws to match up with the Rochester 2034 Comprehensive Plan. They recently revealed some updated map tools for the community to use when reviewing the Draft Map and Use Table.

Check This Out:
Image Credit: Dezeen
Architecture "Lagging Behind All Other Sectors"
in Climate Change Fight

"Efforts to halt catastrophic climate change are being held back by 'inertia' in the built environment sector, according to Yamina Saheb, co-author of the latest report from the United Nations climate change panel."


Image Credit: Institute for Justice
Cities Force Businesses to Oversupply Parking Spaces. A Lawsuit Says That's Unconstitutional.

"Zoning laws have gotten a lot of (well-deserved) bad press lately for driving up housing costs, driving out residents, and generally forbidding people from putting their properties to their highest and best uses." In Pasadena, TX one business owner is suing the city "over its requirement that his autobody shop add 23 parking spaces he insists he doesn't need and can't afford."

See What Our Friends Are Doing:
Thursday, Jun. 9 | 4:30pm-8:30pm | George Eastman Museum (14607)

Celebrate the winners of this year's Design Awards! In-person for the first time in two years, this event will be a formal cocktail reception. Get there at 4:30pm to mingle (and enjoy some hors d'oeuvres), and stay for the official Awards Show at 5:45pm and after party at 7:00pm.

Thursday, Apr. 28 | 7:00pm-9:00pm | Lewis Street YMCA (14605)

Through a series of film screenings and panel discussion, attendees will learn about the history and impact of development in Marketview Heights and the surrounding community.

Due Sunday, May 1

Each year, The Landmark Society honors projects, individuals, and organizations who have contributed to historic preservation in the nine-county area; including preservation heroes, adaptive reuse, landscapes, and stewardship of historic properties. Have someone or something in mind? Submit a nomination!

Friday, April 15 | 8:30am-10:00am | Hungerford Building, Door 3B (14609)

Reconnect Rochester's first ever Quarterly Engagement Breakfast. Attendees will chat with staff and board members, get an office tour, hear what the organization has been up to, and share thoughts and hopes about mobility in ROC. Space is limited, so register today!