As a homeowner on the last original exposed brick street in Rochester, our old and established historical neighborhood takes great pride in keeping the houses as they were built, for the most part. We also take pride in our yards with many mature trees, shrubs, flower beds, etc. for all to enjoy.
The trolley brings visitors and locals along Ninth Avenue Southwest regularly, stops at the crest of the hill between Sixth and Seventh streets to tell the story of the last original exposed brick street in town.
My husband and I have raised our five children on this street over the last 26 years. We have watched countless high school seniors, brides to be, and family photos taken on the street. We love seeing and hearing the horse and buggy come up the street on their way to the Plummer House carrying the bride and groom.
I wish there was some way to educate the community on brick roads. This specific road has cost the community very few tax dollars for over 90 years. I am quite confident every other street in Rochester has used far more tax dollars than this street in the nearly 100 years that the bricks have been on Ninth Avenue Southwest.
The city will pay for the current major makeover up to the equivalent cost of re-paving other streets, and the remainder of the cost will be paid for by the residents, which is a significant sacrifice but will be a beautiful historic presence for all of our visitors and community to enjoy.
Our neighborhood is disappointed that the excavation for future sidewalks threatens multiple mature trees and may compromise the historic appearance, but we remain supportive of saving the bricks.
Jan Daly, Rochester