I really like this house

The bikes make me smile every time I pass this house. Love it. 20130721-214257.jpg

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Neat Stuff Happening in Geneva

1.  Tonight (June 8, 2013) there is a Musical Porches event happening in the Founders Square neighbourhood.  See the GNRC website for more detail.  Speaking of which, didn’t the GNRC do a great job re-designing their website?!  Kudos to them!

2.  A fabulous new issue of Geneva-13 has just been released. Keep your eyes peeled around town for a copy.

3.  Our pals over at Love Geneva have declared June the “drink local month“.  I don’t know about you, but I will do my best to support our local businesses.

4.  There is an exciting article in the Finger Lakes Institute newsletter about the new community design center (FLI-CDC).  Led by Cari Varner, Instructor of Architectural Studies at Hobart and William Smith, the FLI-CDC will get rolling this summer by looking into green infrastructure best practices for historic districts and examining the 5&20 corridor (near Wegman’s).

Personally, I’m really happy that the 5&20 corridor will be explored and that new ideas for improving its overall management and design will be considered. As someone who occasionally walk-shops along that street, reducing the amount of signage and improving informal pedestrian trails are at the top of my own wish list for that street.

photoThis is a photo of some of the signage along the 5&20 corridor.  The McDonald’s sign is considerably shorter than many of the McDonald’s signs in my hometown, but the new plaza sign is a little on the big side, isn’t it?

I can’t wait to see how the program unfolds.  Good luck and congrats to everyone involved in this project.

Does it matter if HWS has an office downtown?

Yes, it does. I recently noticed an HWS office sign downtown on Main Street. I really think this is a great idea for a number of reasons:

  • the more people working, living and shopping downtown, the more vibrant our Main Streets will become;
  • working downtown means that employees can use their lunch breaks to walk to places to eat or do errands (e.g. post office, public library);
  • there is one less vacant storefront;
  • I think the university is leasing the space, which means that the building owner, in turn, is paying property taxes (note: typically, universities are exempt from local property taxes), and;
  • it seems to me that there is something symbolic about extending the built environment of the campus into the heart of the city. I know that there are loads of great campus / community initiatives, but there is something about a bricks and mortar presence that strikes me as pretty powerful.

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Trummansburg architecture

Last weekend we went to a little town called Trummansburg (45 mins from Geneva). This is a picture of the downtown.
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Right behind the downtown there is a little creek.
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This neat looking house is being built right along the creek. It is kind of tucked into the landscape and not visible from the road (we were walking around and stumbled upon it).
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This is a completely different house, which is also in the process of being built. It’s also kind of funky looking. We weren’t expecting to find these interesting houses in this little town!
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