Wintery Stroll in Rochester/Bad Businesses

My bad list of businesses that did not clear off their sidewalk for pedestrians on University.

I like to go walking and have this need to get moving sometimes. I was out of town until yesterday. I decided to go for a wintery stroll up University. Here are the businesses on the South side of University betwen Elizabeth & Livernois that did not clear off their sidewalk for the community. 

1. Royal Park Hotel (I almost fell coming down the hill. It's also not cleared on the sidewalk before the Paint Creek Trail). 

2. City of Rochester (Sidewalk on University/Water by the Parking Lot. The East side of Main St is important too)

3. Modern Art Jewelers & Via Linda Salon & Spa 

4. Scavone Property Solutions

5. The Landlord to these businesses: Potere-Modetz Funeral Planning, Community Foundation for Greater Rochester, & Andrea K. Harral Psychotherapy

6. University Dental: Drs Tyler, Kennedy, & Scalia

7. Jerry's Gun Shop (There was at least an attempt made)

8. Landlord for the Apartments on Oak/University 

9. Allstate Elkins Family Agency

10. Real Living Realty

11. Rochester Family Physicians: Dr. Dayton & Dr. Gowda

12. Rochester Schools Admin Building (The Parking Lot & Sidewalk is one of the slipperiest. Don't we rent it out to a church too? They deserved better if we did. I guess this is what privatization will get you.)

13. Rainbow Connection (I'd rather have the snow removal money go to the kids. Maybe people can volunteer? I'll help)

14. Campus Corners (Plowed everything but the sidewalk on University) 


**Thank You to the businesses that did take the time to clear off the sidewalk on University:)**


If you are going to be safe and responsible on New Year's Eve by walking into town...make sure you bring some boots since businesses aren't held accountable to clear the walkway for the community. I don't know what the ordinances are...all I know is what is right & wrong. If you own a business, you need to keep the sidewalk clear. If it's someone else's responsibility, you need to take action to get that person to clear it. That is the right thing to do. 


Happy New Year, Rochester area:-) I do hope to get a life in 2013:-) Much <3

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Kristen Famiano January 07, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Todd Fleming...Rochester Schools Manager...is that you?
Debra Hartman January 08, 2013 at 01:04 AM
Rochester Community Schools understands the importance of being a good neighbor and having the sidewalks at the Administration Center cleared for pedestrians. We know there was a delay in getting them cleared during the Winter Break and we’ll make sure we get it right next time.
Kristen Famiano January 08, 2013 at 05:44 AM
Debra...thank you for taking the time to comment. I do greatly appreciate your sentiments about being a good neighbor. In that same spirit, I have already committed to writing a positive blog about businesses that have cleared sidewalks after the next snowfall. I look forward to adding Rochester Community Schools to that list:-)
Meredith McCutcheon January 08, 2013 at 03:00 PM
While I think that cleared sidewalks are obviously important (both for safety and aesthetics), I think we should probably give everybody a little break. This happened over the holidays (when everything is a little slower due to less staff). With the Administration Building, this could have been a simple communication snafu (since the schools were on break for another whole week, I'm sure the school buildings were not a priority; perhaps it just wasn't clearly communicated that there were church services being held at this one building). Seeing how businesses handle a snowfall in the future (not on a holiday weekend) is probably more representative of their normal practice. I don't know what happened or why, and I understand that safety is important regardless of when snow falls, but I'm not sure calling businesses out publicly in this situation was really fair. Either way, our frustrations have been communicated, and I'm sure it will be better next time.
Kristen Famiano January 08, 2013 at 04:02 PM
Meredith, thank you for you comment. I will admit to posting out of frustration and emotion....maybe it wasn't fair. Just to give some perspective...I stood in line at Kroger with a woman in her 60s who had to walk to Kroger to get a prescription vital to her health. She started commenting on how terrible to sidewalks were on Avon. I also saw a man having to ride his bike in the middle of University. These are the people that I have in mind when I blog about these issues. I love Rochester and care about our community. I do not intend on writing blogs like this often and plan to be positive whenever possible in the future. Had it been 1 or 2 businesses, I would have contacted them directly. I do hear you...and will evaluate on a personal level the validity of my public claims vs. the possibility of webraging:-) Thank you.


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