Musical Porches Rocked

Last night the Founders Square neighborhood hosted Musical Front Porches. We picked up a map at the Washington Street cemetery and wandered around to the 11 participating homes that were hosting musicians on their porches. Folks of all ages were walking, skateboarding, biking and driving from site to site. Some folks decided to stay in one place and set out lawn chairs to enjoy the evening. I was impressed by all of the musicians and the overall energy of the event. It was fabulous, fabulous, fabulous. Once again, Geneva proves what a great little city it is.

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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.

Founders Square Neighbourhood

The Washington Park neighbourhood has recently adopted a new name – Founder’s Square. The name references the American Founding Fathers as well as the neighbourhood’s role as one of the early, or founding neighbourhoods in the city.

The Founder’s Square neighbourhood also decided on a new sign topper that will make an appearance above the street signs in this area. The design references the old cemetery gate, which a group of folks are working to restore. I think it’s a handsome looking sign topper. To learn more about the Founder’s Square neighbourhood or to get involved, check out the Geneva Neighborhood Resource Center website.