Community Design Center News.........................................September 2022
Blood Drive in Memory of Maria Furgiuele
It's been just over two months since the passing of our former Executive Director, Maria Furgiuele -- and we miss her every day. During Maria's battle with multiple myeloma, she received blood and platelets many times. She specifically asked that others be encouraged to donate blood as her legacy. In fact, one of her final requests was that the CDCR host a blood drive in her memory.
If you are able to donate blood, please consider joining us:

Thursday, October 6, 2022


CDCR Gallery (Hungerford Building)
1115 E Main St, Door 3B
Rochester, NY 14609
Awards Nominations: Closing on 9/16!
Consider this your official reminder to submit a nomination (or two!) for our 12th Annual Reshaping Rochester Awards by Friday, September 16! The awards given will recognize exemplary projects and individuals in the Greater Rochester area that make a positive impact on people, neighborhoods, and communities. Awardees will be announced at the 12th Annual Awards Luncheon on November 16.
Public Engagement Opportunities:
Public Meeting: Block Party Edition

There will be a public meeting turned community celebration on Sunday, October 2 on the Broad Street Bridge from 1:00pm-5:00pm! The bridge will be closed off to traffic to celebrate the New York State Canal Conference and Aqueduct Reimagined project. There will be a variety of family-friendly activities, live music, and food. The Aqueduct Reimagined project team will share initial design concepts and solicit feedback from the community.

Local Transportation Feedback

Do you use RTS or Greyhound/Trailways to get around? Reconnect Rochester is seeking your feedback to share with local leaders and elected officials.

Check This Out:
Image Credit: Max Schulte
A Draft Plan for Downtown Rochester BID
Not Likely Until May 2023 or Later

"When City Council members voted last month to proceed with planning for a downtown Business Improvement District, or BID, they emphasized it would be a lengthy process...The newly released timeline begins to put some detail to how that process will unfold, eyeing implementation in July 2024."


Image Credit: Arian Horbovetz
Down by the River

After the completion of some construction on the Genesee Riverway Trail in July, "what used to be a trail disconnected from the river by a decaying wall now feels like a public park that complements the mighty Genesee."


Image Credit: Soichiro Koriyama
Why Neighborhoods & Small Businesses Thrive in Tokyo

"The new book Emergent Tokyo looks at how the city was shaped not by disorder or grand design, but by the intermingling of small choices that create spontaneous patterns from the bottom up."

See What Our Friends Are Doing:
Monday, Sept. 12 | 10:30am-6:00pm | 133 Kenwood Ave (14611)

Celebrate the completion of the Kenwood Kaboom! equitable playspace and garden, featuring a school procession and community cookout! A collaboration between 540WMain, UofR's iZone, and the Arnett Neighborhood; this is a place where children can imagine pathways to opportunity through play, curiosity, and accessibility.

Tuesday, Sept. 13 | 10:00am-6:00pm | Ravenswood Golf Club (14564)

Join AIA Rochester for their 37th Annual Golf Tournament, benefiting local architecture scholarships and education endeavors.

Friday, Sept. 9 & Saturday, Sept. 10 |Times Vary| Throughout Rochester

Back again! Check out these self-guided tours of urban environments where folks are creating exciting spaces to live and work in Rochester. Attendees will visit re-purposed spaces, renovated homes, lovingly preserved places, and newly built sites that are designed with sensitivity to the overall built environment.