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.

Building Burning Man

This video is a time-lapse of the building and taking down of Burning Man.  It was featured in the Atlantic Magazine city blog a few months ago and recently made it into their list of the best time-lapse city videos of 2011 (yes, there is such a list).  It’s not very relevant to Geneva….apart from the fact that it makes us stop and think a little about the nature of city building.  It also happens to be fascinating to watch.

Cutting edge wind power….in Geneva?!

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As you drive into Geneva from the thurway you pass these big wind turbines. The turbines are not yet in use. They belong to this company called Zotos that produces Shiseido makeup. After a little bit of google research, it seems that the Zotos Wind Project is one of the top on-site wind projects currently being undertaken by a manufacturing company in the US. How interesting is that? Who knew that Geneva was a hotbed for corproate sustainability?!