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Reshaping Rochester Schedule
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Major Sponsors:

Community Foundation

Winn Companies


Additional Funding and Support:

APA Canandaigua National Bank & Trust

John and Barbara Lovenheim

GRAR Stantec

Mark IV Monroe County Planning Board

TY Lin


Sirius Change

Harris Beach


HBT Architects


Nixon Peabody


Barkstrom and LaCroix

LaBella Associates

U of R

CJS Architects


Landmark Society City Blue

Spot Coffee

East Avenue Inn and Suites

Gleason Works


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Reshaping Rochester Series

Thank you to everyone who participated in our 9th Annual Reshaping Rochester Series and made it a success! Stay tuned for information on our 10th Annual Reshaping Rochester Series.

Our annual lecture series features a blue-ribbon roster of innovative thinkers, practitioners and leaders who come to Rochester to share their ideas and experience with us.

Reshaping Rochester focuses on the efforts, strategies and successes accomplished by cities that face similar challenges to ours: downtown revitalization, preserving the character of our neighborhoods and communities, creating mixed-use centers and walkable commercial districts, and enlisting community involvement.


"Walkable City"

Jeff Speck
Principal of Speck and Associates LLC, city planner,
author and architectural designer

Jeff Speck is an internationally known city planner, author and architectural designer who advocates for smart growth and sustainable design. As Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 through 2007, he oversaw the Mayors' Institute on City Design and created the Governors' Institute on Community Design, a federal program that helps state governors fight suburban sprawl. He currently serves as a Contributing Editor to Metropolis Magazine, and on the Sustainability Task Force of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. His new book is Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time” *.

Tuesday, January 21st, 7-9pm
First Universalist Church of Rochester, 150 Clinton Ave S

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"Neighborhood in Balance"

Aaron Bartley
Co-founder of People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo)

Aaron Bartley, a graduate of Harvard Law School, is a community organizer working for economic and social justice, is co-founder of People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo), which mobilizes residents to create sustainable neighborhoods with quality affordable green housing technologies, green jobs and next generation infrastructure. Aaron writes columns about cities and community organizing at Huffington Post and has commented on community and labor issues in a wide variety of media outlets, including the New York Times, CNN and the Wall Street Journal.

Tuesday, February 25th, 7-9pm
Gleason Works Auditorium, 1000 University Ave.

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"Revitalizing Boston's Neighborhoods"
**Special Luncheon**
Mayor Thomas Menino
Mayor, Boston, Massachusetts

Elected five times as Mayor of Boston, Thomas Menino has spent a lifetime building a better Boston for residents and businesses, never ceasing to invest in countless new parks, schoolyards and green spaces. He has been nicknamed the “Urban Mechanic” for his tireless work ethic and attention to the basics that make for a thriving city, working to inspire a new generation rooted in the belief that citizens are the best civic entrepreneurs. He ushered in the nation’s first citywide Main Streets program to support small businesses and spur local economic development, and under his leadership the city’s affordable housing supply has increased dramatically. Boston has become a national model for foreclosure prevention and responsible homeownership.

Wednesday, March 19th, 11:45am-1:30pm
Inn on Broadway, 26 Broadway

Luncheon Event


"Root Shock"
Lourdes Hernandez-Codero Rodriguez
DrPH, program officer for the NYS Health Foundation, Columbia University professor and close collaborator of Dr. Mindy Fullilove 

Dr. Mindy Fullilove suffered an unexpected injury and is unable to travel.

Please join us as Lourdes Hernandez-Codero Rodriguez examines the devastating effects of the Urban Renewal Program on American communities, the dignity of those who remain in its wake and the need to assemble ecology, human rights and beauty into the spaces and places of the city.

As Program Officer for the New York State Health Foundation, Rodriguez works to increase the number of diabetes prevention programs, support proven prevention strategies, and leverage federal and private resources in NYS. Her duties also extend into the Advancing Primary Care priority.

Before joining the Foundation, Rodriguez worked with City Harvest as Associate Director of Community Partnerships, implementing community programs to address the epidemic of diabetes and other diet-related diseases in low-income neighborhoods around the city. 

Wednesday, April 30th, 7-9pm
Gleason Works Auditorium

Evening Lecture

Thomas Herrera-MishlerTHANK YOU FOR ATTENDING!

"Green Legacy"
Thomas Herrera-Mishler
CEO and President, Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy

Mexican-born, Thomas Herrera-Mishler obtained his Master of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, with a specialization in Urban Design from the University of Michigan in 1986. After serving as project landscape architect on various projects around the US and abroad, (Thomas’ portfolio includes the master plan for the National Zoo and Botanical Garden of Costa Rica,) he moved into the non-profit sector in 1992, working as the community landscape architect for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society in Philadelphia. He is currently the President and CEO of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, a not-for-profit, membership-based organization, responsible for the maintenance and operations of Buffalo’s Olmsted Park and Parkway System, known for their outreach program to multicultural neighborhoods engaging citizens to actively participate in helping to maintain and preserve green space.

Tuesday, May 20th, 7-9pm
First Universalist Church of Rochester, 150 Clinton Ave S