Michelle Turner rejoins our visual conversation with more on the Rochester Subway

Michelle Turner rejoins our visual conversation with more on the Rochester Subway
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Michelle Turner

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from “Love and Hope in the Rochester Subway”

Last week at the South Avenue entrance to the Rochester subway, I saw photographer Michelle Turner. Following a story about her exhibit at the Greenhouse Cafe, Michelle joined our visual conversation including a stunning black and white photograph of Rochester’s Mercury.


Donald Hyatt inside the Rochester Subway 5/23/16 from “On bikes and writing: Bike Writers”

Having found love and hope in the subway and having stopped in the subway to journal with the Bike Writer’s, I was excited to learn that Michelle is compiling her own series of subway images.

Along with her images, Michelle tells why she was at the subway, and some observations on the flurry of construction activity at the site:

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Michelle Turner


The construction observed by Michelle. [Photo: Kathy Ehrlich-Scheffer] 7/27/16

On a recent visit to Rochester’s abandoned subway a small group of locals interested in photography, subway history and engineering were surprised to see construction activity. Previous visits have always been very quiet but this time there were large lights like those seen lighting up roadway construction projects at night; a couple men in hard hats, one traveling by pick-up truck; and construction materials, mostly in locked storage containers. I Googled the city website for construction projects but didn’t find anything listed for the subway but I wonder if it has anything to do with the Court St road project, possibly shoring up the roadway from underneath. However, not being an engineer, that’s only an uneducated guess.

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I did learn why the engineers were there.  As explained by RIT’s Director of Women in Engineering Kathrine Ehrlich-Scheffer:

I was there to meet up with Michelle, as well as a representative from the NYS Museum of Transportation to tour the subway ahead of a fall tour I’m preparing for a group of new female engineering students.  The tour will take place in September.  As Director of Women in Engineering at RIT, I’m charged with providing both leadership opportunities to our female engineering students, and also opportunities to build community.  This year, I am trying to build community while introducing them to the place they will call home for the next 5 years, or in the case of the locals, re-introduce them.

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Pictured: Kathy Ehrlich-Scheffer, Director, WE@RIT and RIT Engineering student Brittany Klimtzak. 7/27/16

It’s great that RIT  — in conjunction with NYS Museum of Transportation — sees the subway for what it is and can be: one of Rochester’s treasured resources.  Like many when hearing about the ongoing construction at the South Avenue site, I hope the subway is preserved for all to enjoy: an engineering marvel and a place to draw your own graffiti art and make beautiful photographs.


Photographer Michelle Turner joins our visual conversation

A portrait of a Rochester artist (Alex Hillis) at the Greenhouse Café. And a few minutes of South Wedge night life.

Love and Hope in the Rochester Subway

On bikes and writing: Bike Writers


Emerging artists coming of age in Rochester at the Corn Hill Arts Festival

Recent R.I.T. MFA graduate Emily Bellinger breaks the boundaries of quilting at Gallery 4 – 8 in the Anderson Arts Building

Krit Upra, one of Rochester’s emerging artists given a stage at Gallery 4 – 8 in the Anderson Arts Building

A kicking First Friday at Anderson Arts Building

“Futility of Knowing One’s Self” by Anna Overmoyer from the Anderson Arts Building

Antidote for the Doldrums. Join us for another visual conversation with artist Judy Stewart Gohringer from the Anderson Arts Building

A collage homage to the Public Market with Lynne Feldman

Jill Gussow’s homage to the raucous crows of the South Wedge

Local artists’ enduring message of hope for troubled youth at Pre-Trial Services

About The Author


Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


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