Community Design Center News....................................October 2022
Introducing Karen Nozik, MPA
as Executive Director
The CDCR is thrilled to welcome Karen Nozik as our next Executive Director! "Karen has the extraordinary talent and drive that is necessary to lead the CDCR into the future," says Monica McCullough, Board President.

A communications and environmental policy veteran, Nozik has more than 20 years of experience developing, implementing, and marketing policy and program content for national and local non-profit organizations. Her professional experience is rooted in championing livable communities, urban parks, and public spaces; first with the United States Conference of Mayors, then with the Bicycle Federation of America, the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, National Parks Conservation Assocation, and most recently with the City Parks Alliance. She earned a master's degree in public affiars (MPA) from the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, Bloomington and an undergraduate degree from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

When not working, Karen walks her talk by spending as much time as possible outdoors. She enjoys gardening, reading, hiking, skiing, crafting, practicing yoga, and exploring local and regional parks, trails, and museums.

A Note from Karen:
"It's an honor to take the reins of the Community Design Center of Rochester at this important time in our city's history. For more than two decades the CDCR has given voice to communities during Rochester's remarkable and ongoing transformation, and I'm exited to lead the Center into its bright future, continuing its legacy of collaborating with partners, taking on critical issues, and making a positive, lasting impact on our communities."
Awards Luncheon on November 16
Each year, the CDCR presents a special event to honor the winners of the Reshaping Rochester Awards. The awards recognize exemplary regional initiatives and projects that positively impact people, neighborhoods, and the community. Review our list of finalists and keep an eye on your inbox and social media feeds for the continuation of finalist features this month!
Winners will be revealed at our Annual Reshaping Rochester Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, November 16 at Harro East Ballroom. The event will feature a special keynote address from Senator Jeremy Cooney!
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Public Engagement Opportunity:
Review the Design Concepts & Provide Feedback!

The Aqueduct Reimagined Team has released initial design concepts for the upcoming work on and around the Broad Street Bridge. We encourage you to check them out in this video and then share your feedback via the link below.

NOTE: The final design will likely be a combination of 2+ of the presented concepts.
Have a favorite? One you hate?
Check This Out:
Image Credit: Emans
Meet the Woman Turning Los Angeles County Parks into Vehicles for Equity

"Whether marshaling a front-line response to pandemic-driven housing and food insecurity or creating a jobs program for local youth, Norma Edith García-Gonzalez has put service at the center of her job leading the Los Angeles County parks department."


Image Credit: OMA+OLIN
Can DC's 11th Street Bridge Park Lift Up a Neighborhood?

Work is underway on a new kind of amenity for Washington, DC: a park that's also a bridge. Those working on the project "are trying to ensure that this effort doesn't end up hurting the communities that it will link, especially the historically disenfranchised neighborhoods of Anacostia, Fairlawn, and Barry Farm east of the river. That's because the 11th Street Bridge Park...looks a lot like the kind of charismatic placemaking amenity associated with a sudden spike in brunch reservations and moving-truck rentals."


The Making of Co-op City

"Co-op City in the Bronx is the size of a small city -- as well as a decades old hosing co-op and an island of comparative affordability. How did it come about? Annemarie Sammartino, author of Freedomland explains in her new book."

See What Our Friends Are Doing:
Thursday, Oct. 27 | 4:00pm-6:30pm | The Little Theatre (14604)

Join AIA Rochester for their annual business meeting, open to the public! Enjoy networking with colleagues, hear chapter updates, 2023 ballot results, and a special keynote presentation from Kamal L. Crues, PE, Assistant City Engineer for the City of Rochester and ROC the Riverway Program Manager. Your ticket includes light fare and one drink!

Saturday, Oct. 29 |10:00am-12:00pm| Cornwall Preserve (14589)

Spend Hallo-weekend improving your community! Genesee Land Trust's Work Parties are weekend volunteer events where new and experienced volunteers work with staff members on trail and habitat improvement projects. All ages and abilities welcome.


Sunday, Nov. 13 |3:00pm-5:00pm| Rochester Academy of Medicine (14610)

It's awards season! Check out the Landmark's society's awards ceremony, honoring individuals and organizations in the nine-county area that have made outstanding efforts in the field of preservation. This event will begin with a brief business meeting.