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Urban Action 6/17

This week's calls to action include the following events and activities. All are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

Update on plans for Eastman House

George Eastman House will hold a community forum at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 22, in the Curtis Theatre at the historic mansion, 900 East Avenue. The forum will provide a status update on the mansion's restoration project and inform community members about the next phase of restoration efforts. Those who wish to attend should enter through the café entrance on the west side of the building. For more information, call 271-3361, or go to

Bike boulevard meeting

The City of Rochester will hold a public meeting to discuss traffic concerns and the development of a bike boulevard on Hillside Avenue, Harvard Street, and Canterbury Road in the Park Avenue area as part of an upcoming road-resurfacing project. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 22, at Tay House Lodge, 85 Hillside Avenue, at Cobb's Hill Park. Contact Jason Nabewaniec for information: 428-8858.

Community input to ease traffic

The New York State Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing regarding the Route 390-490 Lyell Avenue interchange in Gates on Thursday, June 25, at Gates Town Hall, 1605 Buffalo Road. The public hearing will begin at 7:30 p.m., but the DOT will hold an open house prior to that to provide additional information. The open house is from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. An updated draft design report and environmental assessment will be available for public viewing. Portions of the report are also available on the project's website:

Transit Day is coming

Reconnect Rochester will hold ROC Transit Day, a grassroots effort to encourage Rochesterians to leave their cars at home and use alternative means for travel including public transportation, on Thursday, June 18. Over 80 local businesses and organizations plan to participate in the event and organizers have given away 1,000 free bus passes. For a complete schedule of events and help with trip planning for the day: