They are Peace-keepers.

The Rochester City Council voted 7-0 on Monday to retain Peace Plaza as the name for a pedestrian plaza downtown, near the Kahler Hotel.

The Rochester Downtown Alliance had publicly solicited proposals to rename the plaza as it grows from one block to two. Four names were forwarded to the city council, including "Plaza on First," "Renaissance Plaza" and "International Peace Plaza," in addition to the old name.

Peace Plaza was named in the late 1980s after Peace Fountain, by local sculptor Charles Gagnon. The fountain is being restored and will be reinstalled on the plaza this summer.

There was no debate, and little discussion, among council members regarding the name.


"The symbolism of Peace Plaza is beautiful," said council member Sandra Means.

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