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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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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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 Streetfilms.org 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!
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 a “Pace 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 Neighborhood Pace Chair enrolled at National Night Out 2015
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
You can find Rachel’s report on Pace Car and its connection to Traffic Calming on the web here: