West Downtown
Owner State of New York Established 1788
Purpose Neighborhood
Status Inhabited

Divided by the Genesee River, the western half of downtown Rochester is an industrial neighborhood that suffered some collateral losses during the civil war. Riots that began in November of 2011 burned through much of the western half of the city, gutting apartment buildings and businesses and precipitating the drive-off that left portions of Rochester abandoned. During the war, a handful of skirmishes were fought in Rochester's streets as the Mitchell administration attempted to gain a foothold against rising resistance, itself centered around Fort Drum in the west. Today, the western downtown region is a mix of pockets of revitalized businesses and repaired city blocks juxtaposed against crumbling industrial buildings and demolished homes.

West Downtown


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