OK, I admit it. As optimistic as I am about urban rebirth, sometimes I get down about my city. There are so many things I would like to see change and sometimes I get frustrated when they don’t happen quickly enough, or when some people don’t have the vision to see the possibilities.
It happens. I forgive myself.
But then comes that day, that perfect day that just happened to be Easter, reaffirming my love for this city and it’s beautiful people, it’s gorgeous structures and the wealth of progress.
So I grabbed my bike, left my pro camera at home and decided to do a little iPhone tour of the city with the sun shining down.
People in the park relaxing, cyclists everywhere, blue skies capturing every backdrop.
Park Ave, suddenly looking alive after a long winter.
Some of Rochester’s most notable landmarks seemed to smile back at me.
And progress downtown… it’s coming people. Little visions of the wonderful structures that are starting to appear in Center City in places where life and beauty have not existed for some time.
I found a beautiful flower growing out of some dried up mulch. Then a random bagel on the ground.
My favorite places in Rochester, and in any city, are places where nature and man coexist, creating stunning harmony of architecture and life.
After fiddling with my bike chain and washing my subsequently grease-covered hands, I enjoyed Rochester’s best Mac and Cheese at Dinosaur BBQ… and a little bourbon for good measure. 🙂
It was truly a wonderful little adventure, the kind that all of us need to have occasionally. Only when you get out and experience Rochester on a beautiful day can you truly appreciate all that we have here. This goes for any city USA… put your walking shoes on, grab your bike and a camera and start seeing the beautiful city around us!