Reshaping Rochester virtual event with Sara Bronin, Esq., 

February 24,2021 at noon
via ZOOM

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The Community Design Center of Rochester advances quality design to create healthy communities that are equitable, accessible and resilient. (Previously Adopted)


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2021 Lecture Series continues!

An afternoon webinar on zoning with Sara Bronin via Zoom!

The 2021 series continues with a review of injustices created by zoning tools and examination of new approaches. A new way of using and thinking about zoning helps to create equitable and inclusionary urbanism, neighborhoods, and communities.

Wed, February 24, 2021 | 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EST
Registration required

More info here


WATCH NOW: January's conversation with Former Mayor Bill Johnson on transforming ROC into a community of equity & justice + preview of the 2021 Lecture Series


Featured Panelist:

Former Rochester Mayor William A. Johnson, Jr.
Since moving to Rochester in late 1972, William A Johnson, Jr. has been active in a number of important initiatives to improve the overall quality of community life. He is widely known as the President and CEO of the Urban League (1972-1993), the 64th Mayor of Rochester (1994-2005), and the Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Urban Studies at RIT (2006-2013). Since retiring in 2013, he has been the Founder and CEO of the consulting firm, Strategic Community Intervention LLC.