Community Design Center News......................................... February 2022
Lecture Series kicks off February 23!
A City That Works for Everyone
Rick Cole
Executive Director at Congress for the New Urbanism | Pasadena, CA

February 23, 12:00pm
Zoom Webinar
Get a Sneak Peek!
Rick Cole & CDCR Board Member Howard Decker were on Connections with Evan Dawson earlier this week to preview the lecture.

In-person Community Engagement Returns!
On February 9, the CDCR facilitated a community workshop for Reconnect Rochester's Complete Streets Makeover of the Orange St & Orchard St intersection. Members of the JOSANA community (including students at School 17) shared their experiences of the intersection and how it might be made better for those who use it every day. Interim Executive Director Monika Reifenstein offered background information on statistics re: pedestrian and cyclist safety in the area, the powerful impact of street design, and placemaking strategies. The community's map drawings and notes will be turned into an official design rendering by Stantec, which will then be implemented via an on-street installation in May!

This was our first in-person engagement event since before the pandemic and we were so glad to interact with community stakeholders face-to-face again!

Public Meetings: Make Your Voice Heard!
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. Throughout February, the City is seeking input via public meetings. View the list of remaining meetings below:

All meetings are 5:30pm-7:30pm.
Check This Out:
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11 Black Urbanists Every Planner Should Know

"Countless Black urbanists have invested their lives in understanding how cities work and how they can help the people who live in them. At the same time, traditional planning education has largely failed to celebrate their achievements in the ways Jane Jacobs, Daniel Burnham, and other well-known -- and white -- planners, urban designers, and activists are recognized."


Image Credit: Breno Assis
Diverse Neighborhoods are Made of Diverse Housing

"Mounting problems of housing affordability, inequality, and climate change have shown that the American Dream has become increasingly unreachable, inequitable, and unsustainable for many families and the planet. Efforts by states and localities to end single-family zoning and legalize more diverse housing options can reverse this course -- while also creating more vibrant, healthy, socially just, and prosperous neighborhoods. Transformation of zoning, in other words, can lead to a transformation of places."


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Philly growers spoke out. The result is an "anti-racist lens" for city's first agricultural plan

"A diverse group of community garden members, urban farmers, environmental nonprofit leaders, planners, activists, and city staffers were eager to start creating a strategy to preserve gardens and farms across the city, something they had been fighting for years."

See What Our Friends Are Doing:
Wednesday, Feb. 23 | 4:30pm-7:30pm | 50 Anderson Ave

The Women in Architecture Committee invites you to join in a happy hour where you can socialize and meet other women at different points in their careers!

Saturday, Feb. 26 | 11:00am & 1:00pm | Zoom

CLT 101: Intro to Community Land Trusts @ 11:00am
The history of community land trusts, how they work, and how you can get involved.

CLT 102: Living on CLT Land @ 1:00pm

The CLT model and resale formula, City Roots' projects, and the math on how they make permanent affordability work.

Friday, Feb. 25 | 10:00am-12:00pm | 1651 Five Mile Line Rd

Join an easy winter walk around the meadow and along the wood trails at Irene Gossin Nature Preserve, where you'll be on the lookout for common winter sights such as animal tracks in the snow, winter birds, and winter foliage.