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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Chris Gill December 31, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Seems to me that all of them may be deserving of a ticket. I'm sure any local community in these tough times could use the revenue. Come on businesses, step up and clean your sidewalks!
Julayne Hughes December 31, 2012 at 01:48 PM
What's up with the snide comment about privatization? Yet I see the City of Rochester (a public entity) was #2. Why no similar comment on government inefficiency?
Kristen Famiano December 31, 2012 at 06:17 PM
The numbers were in the order I came upon them on my walk. Thanks, Chris! I couldn't agree more:-)
Kristen Famiano December 31, 2012 at 10:53 PM
As of 2pm...University Dental Drs Tyler, Kennedy, & Scalia had clear sidewalks! Thank You!
Carol December 31, 2012 at 11:33 PM
The Royal Park rarely clears the sidewalk in front of the hotel.
Kristen Famiano January 01, 2013 at 07:44 AM
Allstate Elkins Family Agency also cleared off the sidewalk! Thank you!
Kristen Famiano January 01, 2013 at 07:50 AM
Carol...I actually stopped in there 2 years ago and asked them to clear it off. They did...but we shouldn't have to. You are very right! Julayne...I do see your point...but the city was clear most other places, and RCS admin building was a dangerous mess, especially in the parking lot. You are right that my comment was snide...and I'm sorry if it offended you. We have differing perspectives on this issue, and please feel free to express your opinion. It is always welcome on my blog posts:-)
Todd January 07, 2013 at 02:01 PM
You really should check your facts before posting. The parking lot at the Admin building has NOTHING to do with the privatization. I also suppose YOU don't see ANY benefit in the cost that the school district is saving by privatizing. Additionally, "we" do not rent to the church...the school district does. By the time the church had service this past Sunday, the lot had been clear. Should the district pay Holiday rates to have a parking lot cleared that won't be used? The sidewalk, however is a different story.
Patricia January 07, 2013 at 02:57 PM
Interesting dialogue. We live in a "snow" state, snow is expected and yet we want it completely off all sidewalks, roads and parking lots almost immediate. I think people need to understand this is winter and everyone has a responsibility including all those who walk and drive as well as those that own the business, but all of us should expect some snow accumulated form time to time. Businesses do have responsibility for the walks in front of their business just as homeowners do. In addition, snow is thrown up on the sidewalks many times from plowing especially on University and for the most part the businesses have been responsive. Maybe it was because it was a holiday weekend...and so many people were gone or businesses closed and the follow up on property was just not done immediate. Most do a good job.
Kristen Famiano January 07, 2013 at 03:10 PM
Patricia...I do agree with everything you posted. Maybe my expectations are too high. Maybe they are...maybe they aren't...but you have given me food for thought:-)I appreciate comments like yours.
Kristen Famiano January 07, 2013 at 03:26 PM
Todd...I do know my facts. #1...I am a taxpayer...therefore, "we" rent out to the church. #2...my walk was on December 30th which was a Sunday evening. Therefore...we had an obligation to clear the parking lot for the church. I do agree that if there was no activity, then there was no need. Thank you for acknowledging my concern about the sidewalk. I disagree with you on privatization, but I'll leave it at that. I respect your right to disagree and post about it. I also appreciate your passion for Rochester Schools. I am also very proud of and passionate about our schools which is why I have very high expectations for all aspects of operations. Please understand my criticism came after nearly falling a few times on city sidewalks 5 days after a snowfall. There are hardworking people who walk and ride bikes to work and to grocery stores, because they cannot afford a vehicle. I am not one of those people, but I will always speak up for what's right when possible. I also use my full name, because I own what I communicate both verbally and electronically. Thank you for your comments.
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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