Following the roll-out of a plan to build a 25-story tower where her South Broadway store stands, Virginia Smith worried about what Rochester could lose as a wave of development sweeps into downtown.
"I'm fearful this town will become like all the other towns as far as retail being mainly franchises. That would mean boredom for shoppers," says Smith, who owns Ginny's Fine Fabrics at 12 South Broadway. "I hope they don't squeeze out local retailers. That's one of the things that has made Rochester unique."