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A Blueprint for Rochester's Future: A Community

Mayoral hopefuls Thomas Richards (Democrat), Alex White (Green Party), and William A. Johnson Jr. (Independence and Working Families)
Over 200 people turned out and submitted questions ranging from planning to poverty.

This past Tuesday evening Reconnect Rochester co-sponsored a Mayoral forum on issues related to land use, neighborhood urban planning, transportation, development and revitalization. Bill Johnson, Tom Richards, and Alex White went toe to toe and Rachel Barnhart (WHAM 13 News) moderated.

In all, well over 200 people turned out and submitted questions ranging from planning to poverty. The event was the first extended, in-depth forum of Rochester’s mayoral campaign and was covered by several local news outlets including YNN, WROC, and the D&C.

Now, in the famous words of sportscaster Warner Wolf, “Let’s go to the video tape!” And let us know what you think of the candidates’ responses in the comments section.

Introduction: Rachel Barnhart

Question 1: Walkability

Question 2: Holistic Planning

Question 3: Public Engagement

Question 4: Transit and the Automobile

Question 5: Higher Education Assets

Candidates Summarize

Audience Question 1: Urban Blight & Renewal

Audience Question 2: Charlotte

Audience Question 3: City & County Partnership

Audience Question 4: Parking

Audience Question 5: Poverty

Audience Question 6: Rail Transit


See also: A New Future For Transit In Rochester

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