Rochester Skyline

Rochester Skyline

Today, George Payne offers Rochester Skyline

Photography by George Payne (and others where mentioned with links to related articles by George and others)

The panorama-city is a ‘theoretical’ (that is, visual) simulacrum, in short a picture, whose condition of possibility is an oblivion and a misunderstanding of practices.
Michel de Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life

img_20151220_173151423-3see Downtown Rochester

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img_20151220_174558-1see The Spirit of Corn Hill Lives: Photographing Rochester’s Most Historically Diverse Neighborhood


see Celebrating the roses of Maplewood. But like Sam Patch, Talker is Gorged


The dropping of the roses, pedestrian bridge at Genesee Crossroads Park, Memorial Day, 2016 from Memorial Day, Peace and Rembrance, and roses floating in the Genesee

img_20151206_164741700_hdrsee Memorial Day, Peace and Rembrance, and roses floating in the Genesee


see Remembering the Jewish past of Joseph Avenue


featured-kittysee “Looking at the Genesee River” by Kitty Jospé


see Story teller and author William Pruitt joins our literary conversation



see A weekend celebrating the 75th anniversary of St. Joseph’s House. And remembering Tanny in Washington Square Park.

see Austin Steward’s Legacy is the Pride of Rochester

img_20151117_162826813see 172 years ago when the Millerites trudged down Cobb’s Hill


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

img_20160106_172010964see Ford Street’s Reward: The Genesee Riverway Trail as Urban Sanctuary


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


from Photographer Michelle Turner joins our visual conversation

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


see On the 22nd of October, 1844 on top of Cobb’s Hill

see On Spanish-American War monuments in Rochester. And remembering the Buffalo Soldiers on Veteran’s Day


see Providing hope for the homeless in the back alcove of Rundel Library


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 When President John Quincy Adams visited Rochester on July 27th and 28th, 1843 and toured Mt. Hope Cemetery

see Frederick Douglass in Rochester: a gallery of images and words

see On Abraham Lincoln in Rochester from Michael Nighan

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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