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Placemaking and Pot-Luck

The Highland Placemaking Team invites you to join its members and other residents at a summer long series of (mostly) weekly discussions with optional pot-luck dinner.  These gatherings will take place in Ellwanger & Barry Park during the summer on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 pm.  Rain-date locations will generally be at the South Wedge Mission, although please check the website  – we might erect a pop-up instead for passing showers.  Note:  you don’t have to be a member of our team to come to the discussions – anyone interested in placemaking, quality of life, traffic calming and other related neighborhood cultural and social projects is welcome.

For our next series of Team Placemaking initiatives to be successful, we’ll need the input, advice and support of Neighborhood residents. In the near term, we are planning to define our mission and update our goals as well as the plan we first created in fall 2009 to reflect progress and new concerns.   

Come to any of these meetings to share your ideas for projects and to discuss traffic calming issues.   And look to attend other team meetings and events as these are scheduled on our calendar.

 The Highland Placemaking Team can be contacted at: or 473-0026 for  Marcia Zach & Michael Tomb (current Highland Placemaking Team Co-Chairs.)   Complete list of current members can be found at this link. 

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The First Rochester Street Films Event. We’re Going! How about You?

Reconnect Rochester is hosting the first ever Rochester Street Films event.

Taking place at The Little Theater on November 19, the event will showcase short film clips and include a community discussion moderated by Rachel Barnhart (WROC-TV) .  Attendees will explore “the future of transportation” in and around Rochester—in particular, walking, biking, & public transit. Featuring films from and local filmmakers.

EVENT: Rochester Street Films 
DATE: Thursday, November 19, 2015
TIME: 6:30 pm- 8:30 pm
LOCATION: The Little, Theater 1 [RTS Routes: 31, 57, 81]

Panelists will include Erik Frisch from the City of Rochester, Michael Tomb from the Highland Placemaking Team, and many more!

Reserve your seat online at
or click on the poster below)
ROC Street Films

A Thumbs Up from the Democrat & Chronicle

The Neighborhood Pace Car program received a Thumbs Up from the editorial board of Rochester’s Democrat & Chronicle newspaper in the August 15, 2015 edition.

Thumbs up: To the 75 people in southeast Rochester who have pledged to set an example behind the wheel. Neighbors have drawn up aPace Car Pledge in which drivers agree to obey the speed limit, yield to pedestrians.   See more here…

One the mascots of Rochester Traffic Calming: Moe the Turtle also gives a “Thumbs Up” to safe driving

This follows a week with several other stories about Pace Car in local media.  One of those was an earlier article in the Democrat & Chronicle itself:

In auto racing, a pace car usually leads drivers around the track to get them motoring at a common speed before the competition starts.  Southeast Rochester residents have launched a grassroots initiative meant to set a pace for everyday drivers — albeit a slower, safer one.  Neighbors have drawn up a “Pace Car Pledge” in which drivers agree to obey the speed limit, yield to pedestrians, be courteous to bicyclists and otherwise observe traffic safety laws. People who sign the pledge get a “Pace Car” sticker to put on their bumpers. See entire article here…

Many of the 75 people taking the pledge that are mentioned in the article did this recently at the Highland Park Neighborhood’s annual National Night Out celebration.  This included the first known instance of someone  (long time neighborhood leader David Halter) in a motorized wheel chair pledging to be a Pace Car!

The First  Highland Park Neighborhood Pace Chair enrolled at National Night Out 2015.

The First Neighborhood Pace Chair enrolled at National Night Out 2015

Pace Car Coverage on WROC-TV

Earlier this week Rachel Barnhart,  a reporter from local TV channel WROC News 8, came into the neighborhood to report on the new Neighborhood Pace Car initiative for Rochester.  Before interviewing Michael Tomb, co-chair of the Highland Placemaking Team, Rachel took the Pace Car Pledge herself.

Rachel Barnhart of WROC-TV signing Pace Car Pledge

Rachel Barnhart of WROC-TV signing Pace Car Pledge

You can find Rachel’s report on Pace Car and its connection to Traffic Calming on the web here:

Take the Pace Car Pledge at National Night Out!

Download Poster Here

Download Poster Here

Take the Pace Car Pledge  at the Highland Park Neighborhood’s 2015 National Night Out Celebration, on Tuesday August 4th.  This will be a fun filled few hours as well as a chance to visit with other friends & residents and any special guests who happen by. Music will be provided by the Ruckus Juice Jug Stompers​ who will also lead us in a couple of numbers as The Neighborhood Kazoo Chorus. (Kazoos will be available at the event at a friendly price).  The Rochester NY Police Department​ Mounted Patrol will be in the Park as will be the HPNA PAC-TAC Team.  Pizza will provided by Little Venice.

Don’t miss being a part of the annual “Neighborhood Reunion Photo Shoot” at 7:00 pm.  BoulevArt designer Larry Staiger will also return to do his very  popular portraits on demand.  And the Highland Placemaking Team will be there all ready to sign you up to join The Neighborhood Pace Car”  program.   Make the Pledge and immediately receive the free sticker to display. Continue reading

A Pace Car for Rochester

Neighborhood Pace Car Program  - Introduced in 2015. Click to Learn More.

Neighborhood Pace Car Program – 
Click to Learn More.

Join our local Traffic Calming efforts by enrolling your vehicle as a Neighborhood Pace Car.  Pace Cars are a new to Rochester initiative jointly promoted by the city’s South-East Quadrant NSC office, the urban transit advocates at Reconnect Rochester and the recently relaunched Highland Placemaking Team.  The program continues the work of last year’s Voice of the Citizen SE quadrant project.  Local drivers simply pledge to obey legal speed limits as well as other good driving practices.  Drivers also pledge to display the free Pace Car sticker on their car.  Pace Cars then serve as safety-first role models respecting the rules of the road as well as the rights of pedestrians and bicyclists to share our streets.   You can take the pledge right here online at this site.   Or if you prefer doing it in person, you will find forms and stickers at area libraries and other locations, such as public libraries in South-East Rochester.  Pledge forms and stickers are also available at the SE Quadrant Neighborhood Service Center at 320 N Goodman Streets.  And look for these at neighborhood events such as the Highland Park Neighborhood Association’s National Night Out Celebration on August 4, 2015 in Ellwanger & Barry Park (at the corner of Meigs and Linden streets.) Continue reading

Introducing this Site.

This site is the  new home of the Highland Placemaking Team.   We are located in the Highland Park Neighborhood in Rochester, NY.   Our team began as a grassroots response after a car accident on one of our an interior neighborhood streets nearly cascaded into tragedy. Only a shattered tree prevented the out of control vehicle from crashing into historic houses just a few feet away. While neighbors had been discussing the need for traffic calming around our playground park, they responded firs to this event with a petition and then by organizing themselves to be involved with Traffic Calming Plans for the neighborhood.   From the beginning, we have incorporated concepts of placemaking within our neighborhood and community project plans.

Contact us at  We welcome new members from among our residents and other local friends.


BoulevArt- First of its kind in North-East US

BoulevArt- 2012 –  First of its kind in North-East US –  One of the original Placemaking team projects