Beautiful Design For Our City's Future

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When Home Leasing unveiled its plans to build a modern-looking townhome/apartment development near Hart's Grocers, we immediately took notice of the beautiful renderings that were produced by Bryant Design Studios. We're hoping that the project's chosen architectural firm, SWBR, will make good on those visual promises to the community - and we have a feeling they will by the looks of some of their other projects as diverse as the Carriage Factory and City Grill.

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That leads us to this point: with all of the bustling development that has surfaced in downtown lately: Are we becoming a city that can afford to be a little pickier when it comes to demanding cooler looking buildings, beautiful design, and state-of-the-art architecture? It's no surprise that the exterior of a building's facade can make people take notice; it can signal to visitors that we take pride in our city, that we took the time to think, research, and construct from better materials; and with more eyes, ears, and bodies centered in a confined space, one can also argue that beautiful design ultimately makes our streets safer.

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But we're neither sociologists, nor criminologists, and we're certainly not professional designers nor architects. We enjoy design, and do take notice when we spot unique, creative spaces that are made reality in our cities across America. As we've traveled a bit these past several years, we've noted a few urban developments that made us say to ourselves, "Wow, I wish there were designs like that in our city!"

The following are some of our favorites from cities across America, and, with the future of Charlotte Square and many other developments in the works, maybe we'll end up with something as cool as these. Feel free to let us know which ones are your favorites.

Emeryville, CA

Oakland

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Diego

San Diego

Brooklyn

Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn, NY

Manhattan

Manhattan

Manhattan

Manhattan

Manhattan

Boston

Boston

Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Jason2Jason is co-Founder and Editor of the Rochesteriat. All of these cities offer amazing options for residents, but you'd pay 2-6 times what you'd pay in Rochester for a similar home. We'll let our money go farther here in ROC for the time being. Check out more @theRochesteriat or Facebook.


 

Rochester Landmarks Get a New Life

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the Rochesteriat While flipping through our brand new Rochester Landmarks coffee table book, we were immediately struck by a heading titled, "Eyesores=Opportunity".

In the words of contributor Michael Hager, this part of the book "demonstrates how much we owe to the optimists among us". We couldn't have said it better, because we believe it's those who dare to dream and think BIG in this city that will be rewarded handsomely.

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And it was this very section that immediately reminded us of the old Cunningham Carriage Factory on Litchfield Street in the Susan B. Anthony Neighborhood. Although this landmark didn't make it in the book, it did receive an honorable mention in the About section on the back cover by Mr. Hager. And since there weren't any photos to accompany it, we thought we'd do it justice by including them here...the before and after...to show just how one person's garbage can be another person's treasure for the good of the community.

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Once an eyesore to the neighborhood for decades, the Carriage Factory went from this...

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...to this. Home now to 71 brand new loft apartments for income-eligible residents, the DePaul Carriage Factory Apartments have energized a neighborhood that was thought to be lost with no end in sight.

Want to see more: check out this video courtesy of DePaul:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUA2cinvs4o

Want to see another Eyesore that is changing right before our eyes? This photo of Midtown Tower was taken during Jazz Fest in 2013:

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now look at it! We can't wait to see what this rooftop glass enclosure will become.

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To see more, you'll have to pick up your own copy of this collaborative work produced by local architectural photographer Richard Margolis - with the help of many including the Landmark Society of Western New York and JoAnn Beck of the City of Rochester - or you can view his pieces up close at the Little Theatre Café until April 24th.

Next time you're driving through the city and you see dilapidated buildings, just remember: eyesores = opportunities!


Jason2Jason is co-Founder and Editor of the Rochesteriat. He loves to watch the city change and wouldn't mind living in a penthouse suite in Midtown Tower. Follow all of the happenings of the Rochesteriat on Twitter or Facebook.