Rochester Street Films will be back in September 2018. Check back soon for details.
This film series—produced in partnership with Floating Home Films—aims to identify, explain and discuss complex transportation concepts, and facilitate community conversation about the current state and future possibilities for mobility in Rochester.
Together with locally produced and archival short films, live panel discussions help to stimulate community conversation on a wide range of related topics including Rochester’s transportation history, bus transit system, cycling infrastructure, pedestrian life, street design, “car culture”, equity issues, urban sprawl, and more.
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In the U.S., pedestrian fatalities have skyrocketed, increasing by 46% from 2009-2016. Over 4,000 crashes in Monroe County from 2010-2017 involved bicyclists and pedestrians. Eight people die on our streets every year as a result of these crashes.
In 2016, one of those people was a young child near the corner of Parsells Ave. & Greeley St. in Rochester’s Beechwood neighborhood. At our next Rochester Street Films event on Nov 14 at The Little Theatre, a short film will tell the story of a street transformation fueled by the community’s desire to disrupt this car-dominated speedway, and take it back as a safe and welcoming space for everyone.
We will also reveal design renderings for the finalists of our Complete Streets Makeover project, created by the complete streets design experts at Stantec to show how these intersections could be made safer. And if that’s not enough, we’ve put together a collection of films, presentations & ideas about what other communities are doing, and what we can do right here in Rochester to reclaim and redesign our streets. Join us to learn and get inspired to take action!
Reserve your seat in advance with an online donation to Reconnect Rochester (suggested $5 – $25).
Many urban neighborhoods throughout the U.S. were destroyed by the construction of new highways during the latter half of the twentieth century. In many cases, low income and minority neighborhoods were selected as locations for these new highways to pass through, with little consideration for the people who would have their homes destroyed and lives upended. We’ll explore this and other dimensions of this historical era at our next Rochester Street Films event on September 26 at Cinema Theatre.
The program will feature a mix of short films and clips about the battle to save Swillburg and other stories of neighborhoods wrecked and reclaimed. We’ll also highlight current efforts to repair the damage done by Rochester’s Inner Loop. The films will be followed by a live discussion with local leaders and experts (listed below), moderated by WXXI’s Tianna Manon.
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The Rochester Street Films below explored topics including accessibility, poverty, urban exploration and car culture. If you would like to host a mini screening of Rochester Street Films with your friends or neighbors, please contact us.
Many urban neighborhoods throughout the U.S. were destroyed by the construction of new highways during the latter half of the twentieth century. In many cases, low income and minority neighborhoods were selected as locations for these new highways to pass through, with little consideration for the people who would have their homes destroyed and lives upended. This film highlights current efforts to repair the damage done by Rochester’s Inner Loop highway.
This film focuses on the lives of three Rochesterians. Cee Cee, Nassir, and Eve give us a firsthand look at what life is like when you can barely afford to buy a bus pass, much less a car. After you watch the film, be sure to check out the live presentation and panel discussion here.
Ericka Jones, a Systems Advocate at Center for Disability Rights, focuses on a segment of our population often overlooked. For people with disabilities, Ericka shows us how running a simple errand requires careful planning days in advance. Ironically, even the streets themselves can become barriers to living a productive life.
Alex Freeman has previously made several films about local cyclists. With this project Alex attempts to understand why the automobile has had such a grip on the hearts and minds of Rochester commuters.
Nate Butler grew up around cars. Learning to work on them with his dad as a kid, he just figured that cars were the only way to get around. Now a student at R.I.T., Nate has taken up cross-country running and he’s learning something new about his community with every step.
Rochester NY in February. It’s 19ºF and the ground is slick with snow and ice. But Mona Seghatoleslami, host of WXXI Classical 91.5 FM will brave the cold attempting to ride her bike from her home in Brighton to her job in downtown Rochester (about 4 miles). Afterwards, Mona heads to Tryon Bike shop to find out what type of gear she’ll need for serious winter cycling.
Transportation planning is about giving people choices. Interview with Erik Frisch, Transportation Specialist for the City of Rochester.
Transportation is key for economic development and making a great city. Interview with Heidi Zimmer-Meyer, President of Rochester Downtown Development Corporation.
Alex Freeman introduces us to several Rochesterians who choose alternate modes of transportation.
For some perspective, Rochester Street Films looks back at how attitudes towards urban planning and transportation have changed over the last century. Remember this one?