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Farmers markets adopt new methods during pandemic

A worker connected to Flour City Bread moves to close a car trunk after depositing a box of prepaid locally produced groceries. (RBJ Photo by Diana Louise Carter)

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit and New York State issued its first guidelines on social distancing, farmers markets were among the many businesses that closed down. The seasonal markets that haven’t opened yet for the year, meanwhile, have been contemplating ...

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Monroe County golf courses remain closed

Hole No. 1 at Genesee Valley Park's North Course (photo courtesy of Monroe County).

The three golf courses operated by Monroe County—Durand Eastman, Genesee Valley and Churchville—will remain closed due to an acceleration of the coronavirus pandemic in the Rochester area. County parks remain open but County Executive Adam Bello urged residents to continue ...

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Racist restrictions buried in property records

A racial covenant found in a 1909 entry of the title abstract for a property in Medina, Orleans County. Such covenants are surprisingly prevalent in the documentation for older residential properties in New York state.

Many segregated neighborhoods in Rochester, and across the country, are the result of racist institutional policies enforced decades ago with explicit deed restrictions required by government officials and not due to personal preferences or affordability. The Federal Housing Administration began ...

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Downtown trend running against condos

Sibley Square, on Main Street near Clinton Avenue, offers a variety of apartments for different income levels. Such offerings are more popular than condominiums with those who are choosing to live downtown. (provided photo)

Between 2000 and 2018, Rochester Downtown Development Corp. estimates that the city of Rochester’s downtown’s population grew by 140 percent, from 3,239 residents to 7,780 residents. In 2020, that number has reached 8,000, and RDDC expects that figure to climb ...

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Crisis puts business contracts under scrutiny

Richard Marinaccio

Business interruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the related government orders to shut down or limit operations has firms seeking answers about the effect on their contractual obligations, leases and rental agreements. Some non-essential businesses forced to close to ...

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