On a Tuesday at Dogtown
Interview No. 91
Where are you originally from?
I’m from a town called Monessen, about 20 miles south of Pittsburgh. I came to Rochester to attend U of R and I couldn’t leave! Mostly because of Wegmans, but also because a lot of my friends from U of R stuck around the area too.
What is your favorite part of living in Rochester?
Do you have any favorite/secret Rochester spots?
There’s a series of bridges in Genesee Valley Park that feels like a different world, but is only two minutes from the city. Personally, I like being near or in nature, but able to get out and back to civilization quickly.
What’s the most unique or interesting event you’ve attended in Rochester?
Do you have a favorite charity/nonprofit you like to support?
The JCC is one of my favorites. I’m a member there and help out with athletic events, 5ks, and other miscellaneous stuff.
If you had $100 and 2 hours to kill in ROC, how would you spend the money/time?
I’d definitely go to Good Luck and get burgers!
Any favorite local parks?
Mendon Ponds is a favorite. I love the canals, too. I think they’re one of the treasures of the area. They used to build ships at one of the locks—how cool is that?!
What is your personal coping mechanism for cold/gray weather?
I love the cold! If I wanted warm, I would move somewhere else. I have no problem being cold.
What is your favorite Rochester memory?
Graduating from the University of Rochester in 2005 with my Computer Science degree, for sure. Robert Wegman spoke; it was just a really special day overall.
What makes Rochester unique?
The diversity of activities and things we have for a city of our size, I’d say. It’s remarkable what you can be interested in and find here in Rochester. There’s definitely been an acceleration in the past 5-10 years, where our sense of community is growing rapidly. Even this place [Dogtown, where we had lunch], wasn’t here 10 years ago!
What do you think could be improved?
I want that Whole Foods on Monroe! I want to see more competition for Wegmans. In all seriousness, though, I’d like to see a better public transit system. We have the potential to do so much better than what we’re doing right now.
If Rochester was a mythical creature, what would it be?
It would be a yeti—a strong, powerful snow beast. Very Rochester!
Do you have any advice for people who are new to Rochester and are just starting to explore the area?
Follow a bunch of Rochester Twitter accounts, then find commonalities and go check out the stuff they’re going to. And go to The Little! There’s always so much going on there.