Neal Rudin's Vision:
A Cafe District at the Broad Street Aqueduct
Our extraordinary Broad Street Aqueduct is one of only three similar structures of its type in the world. One of these three, the “Ponte Veccio” bridge.(Fig 1) is in Florence, Italy where Leonardo DiVinci, Michelangelo, and the Medici’s walked. Now it is our turn to create a new renaissance, dynamic engine of change. Both of our cities have pioneered advances in the human experience by changing the direction and flow of history though the arts, social activism, and the sciences. However, our Broad Street Aqueduct is nearly twice as wide as the Ponte Vecchio and is fully enclosed. It is essential that we create our own Ponte Veccio, our own heart and center where the whole community can converge. The “BSA” must be developed into a place where a critical mass of humanity, surrounded by all the tools of civilization will be able to advance. This marvelous catalyst will be the foundation of our self-actualization. This will be the place where we will discover our future by exploring and pursuing inspiration and self reflection, a place that reveals our greater vision, a place where history tells us its own story. The “BSA” will become the vital hub, heart, and focal point of our city and its economy. A place that reveals to us the world that we have helped make visible. All great tourist cities of the world have café districts at their centers where their people gather and exchanges ideas and bargains for exotic things, a place of music and laughter, smells and tastes, A celebration of the senses and surprises is around every turn.
The “BSA” will reflect our vast contributions and our integral and ubiquitous connections with rest of the world and the universe. It is a place that will draw unceasing crowds and a place of continuous expectation. We need a World Cultural Center, an international café district that hosts the wonders of our sister cities, a mixture of Disney’s’ Epcot Center and Atlanta’s Underground, and yet with 42 huge arched windows overlooking a fast and north flowing river.
Rochester has sister cities in Japan, Ireland, France, Italy, Hungry and Mali, Russia, Israel, and Puerto Rico, etc. There is enough room for 14 large cafés with its huge windows on the upper deck, to view the Genesee River and room for more than 30 shops like; bakeries, spice and herbal shops, world music, clothes, a public market and much more below. Our contributions include our New York State Wine Cellar and “Focal Point” our personal essence where we find the wonders of Rochester and the fantastic Finger Lakes.
Paralleling the War Memorial will be an enclosed Summer Sports Park. It’s place to play all year round. It will be a place to work out, play summer games and take Golf lessons, or practice batting, kicking a soccer ball, throwing a Frisbee, and even bicycling. Laughing children run around on rolling hills in this enormous space
Under the library side will be a Corporate Networking Center where business is cultivated and promoted. Next to it will be a Science Enlightenment Center particularly dedicated to the nature and nurture of light and optic and its applications. It would be a place filled with lenses, lasers, imaging technologies, and all the things they are used for.
A wonderful working canal museum will be proudly displayed within a large conservatorium on the Eastern end. It will exhibit the magic of our historic nurseries and parks. We were the “Johnny Apple Seed” of the world. It’s a place that helped to settle and beautify America and the world.
Next, there is a right-of-way from the western side all the way to the airport where a trolley can run passengers directly downtown. This would add another artery to our now beating heart, another opportunity for us to demonstrate to the world our creative potential, another reason for people to move here.
Rochester needs a place that is open all year long that is not influenced by the weather outside or the time of day. If we want to bring the world here we have to show them the things that make us so extra-ordinary.
---Neal Rudin ZagoZana@Yahoo.com 585-442-5656