Downtown Rochester

Downtown Rochester


War Eagle, Photo: Jim Barclay [owned by David Kramer] from On Spanish-American War monuments in Rochester

Today, George Payne offers a montage, Downtown Rochester, including links to related articles by George and others.


“Wings of Progress”

see For Golisano Children’s Hospital with love at the inaugural Gran Fondo at the Twilight Criterium


Mercury Rising

see Photographer Michelle Turner joins our visual conversation


Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Bridge

see Passing the torch at the Susan B. Anthony House and Frederick Douglass in Rochester: a gallery of images and words and Austin Steward’s Legacy is the Pride of Rochester


The Gannett Building

see For you, Talker buys the D & C digital archives. And Noam Chomsky


War Memorial

see 56 years ago when JFK spoke at the War Memorial. Two days after his debate with Nixon. Nine days after RFK was here.


Kind of Blue

see Memorial Day, Peace and Rembrance, and roses floating in the Genesee


Tracks on Exchange Street

see The Spirit of Corn Hill Lives: Photographing Rochester’s Most Historically Diverse Neighborhood


Mirror on the Wall

see For Golisano Children’s Hospital with love at the inaugural Gran Fondo at the Twilight Criterium


The Underbelly


Subway Art

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


More subway art

see Love and Hope in the Rochester Subway and On bikes and writing: Bike Writers


The Imperial Eagle

see On Spanish-American War monuments in Rochester. And remembering the Buffalo Soldiers on Veteran’s Day and Celebrating the first Otis Day (June 15th) with the General’s sword at its new home: the Military Society of Rochester

street-artsee Flower City Street Art


Central Library

see Not letting the Vietnam War be forgotten at the Vietnam Learning Center with Central librarian Steve Nash and Providing hope for the homeless in the back alcove of Rundel Library and Kitty Jospé provides noon nourishment for the mind at Rundel.



see A Rochester that I Know and Orienteering Rochester from Houston with love


The Race

see “Looking at the Genesee River” by Kitty Jospé and Story teller and author William Pruitt joins our literary conversation



Rochester in 1853. Reproduced in 1973 by HISTORICAL URBAN PLANS, Ithaca, New York from a lithograph in the Cornell University Library. This is number 208 of an edition limited to 500 copies. [Owned by David Kramer]

see On Abraham Lincoln in Rochester from Michael Nighan and When President John Quincy Adams visited Rochester on July 27th and 28th, 1843 and toured Mt. Hope Cemetery and Frederick Douglass in Rochester: a gallery of images and words and Austin Steward’s Legacy is the Pride of Rochester


Memorial Day, 1892, when President Benjamin Harrison dedicated the Soldier’s and Sailor’s Monument in Washington Square Park with Frederick Douglass. And Occupy Rochester

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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