Community Design Center News                                                              January 2021

Thank You!

We so appreciate the generosity our community offered during the Annual Give campaign to fund our work in 2021, especially during a time when we know many are in need. We look forward to utilizing your support for the betterment of the Greater Rochester Region.
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Community Design Center Rochester
1115 E Main Street, Box 61
Rochester, NY 14609
Every year, the CDCR brings experts from around the country to share their knowledge with the local community regarding issues that are presenting challenges for our community through our lecture series. This year, we plan to bring you SIX virtual lectures between January and June (yes, one more than usual) which together will unpack the 2021 theme: Building a Just Community.

Join us for our first Reshaping Rochester lecture of 2021 with De Nichols!

The Other City, the City of Others

De Nichols
Principal of Design & Social Practice at Civic Creatives and former Loeb Fellow in residence at Harvard University Graduate School of Design | St. Louis, MO

January 27, 12:00pm
Zoom Webinar


A Series Prequel with Former Mayor Johnson

This year's six-part series will be preceded and introduced by a PLACEMAKING 101 webinar with William "Bill" Johnson! Our conversation will consider how we might transform our city into a community of equity and justice.

Mr. Johnson's unique perspective arises from his time as Rochester's Mayor; more than 35 years as an urban policy practitioner, professor, and consultant; and his current role as co-chair of the recently formed Commission on Racial and Structural Equity (RASE). Over his nearly 50 years in Rochester, Mr. Johnson has gained a vital understanding of the challenges we face, our trials and failings, and our prospects for the future as we reshape our neighborhoods into fair and rightful places for us all.

Tuesday, January 19th at 12:00pm
Zoom Webinar
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Image Credit: New York State

Empire State Trail Completed

In late December, Governor Cuomo announced completion of the Empire State Trail, now the nation's longest multi-use state trail! The trail spans 750-miles total, 75% of which is off-road trails ideal for cyclists, hikers, runners, cross-country skiers, and snow-shoers. The new recreational trail, which runs from New York City through the Hudson and Champlain Valleys to Canada, and from Albany to Buffalo along the Erie Canal, will provide a safe and scenic pathway for New Yorkers and tourists to experience New York State's varied landscapes. The Empire State Trail is expected to draw 8.6 million residents and tourists annually.


Image Credit: Inner-City Muslim Action Network

At Chicago's Immigrant-Run Corner Stores,
Striving for Food and Racial Justice

"IMAN [Inner-City Muslim Action Network] started two decades ago as a volunteer-run health clinic serving the city's majority-Black Chicago Lawn and Englewood areas. But the organization soon realized that food justice needed to be a large part of its work. 'Very early on, it wasn't just about the direct service of providing the clinic, but looking more generally at the health wellness and healing of the community, and with the understanding that there has to be a community organizing component and mission to what IMAN is doing,' says Ahmad Jitan, IMAN's food ecosystems organizer. With the lack of major supermarkets and large grocery stores in many neighborhoods on the South Side, looking at ways to provide fresh food boiled down to one opportunity: corner stores."

See what our friends are doing:

City Roots Community Land Trust (CLT) recently finished renovating and selling another quality, affordable home in the Beechwood neighborhood. They pay special attention to the original design and features of the house to preserve them while still updating and rehabilitating them to modern standards. One of their partnerships is with Project Phoenix, a paid on-the-job career training program through Rochester Careers in Construction, who help City Roots CLT with renovating these homes. "We are thankful for all of the great work they do for us."

 Learn more about the Land Trust!


Ongoing | Landmark Society Website

The Landmark Society of Western New York is now offering a virtual tour of Rochester's Warner Castle. The Castle, which was built in the mid-1800s, sits high up in Highland Park, and overlooks Mount Hope Avenue. Plus, it's the location of their new office!


Wednesday, Jan. 27 | 7:00PM-8:30PM | Zoom

Love old buildings but have no idea what you're looking at? In this class, students will receive the rundown of American architectural styles from the late 19th century through the present day, with a focus on local and regional examples. This class builds on the knowledge presented in Crash Course in American Architectural History I: 19th Century, but can be taken on its own. Instructors are Caitlin Meives, Tyler Lucero, and Christopher Brandt - members of the Young Urban Preservationists, an affiliate group of The Landmark Society of Western New York.