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This was once the Erie Canal and then the Rochester Subway. Now it stands abandoned and unused, but it holds the memories and traces of those who dare to explore. While this portion of the tunnel will probably survive the city’s tunnel project, others may not [http://www.cityofrochester.gov/article.aspx?id=8589941517].

Below is the PDF presentation I used for my mid-review.  It went well and was very helpful for me.  Next steps include investigating larger infrastructural systems and potential impacts to vacancy rates in Rochester [about 10%], making and testing a proposition for the city and a few other key goals.  There will be a lot to consider and much to investigate/explore, but that’s the fun part!

The full PDF can be downloaded here:  MIDREVIEW-presentation-sm72

The World Canal Conference was held in Rochester last week and they put the abandoned subway tunnel/Erie Canal to use.

See more images from the Democrat and Chronicle (thank you Erin for sharing).

I’ve combined the 3 animations from my previous post, but they are a little hard to read as separate networks. Perhaps we want to read the three layers as one system?

1982 Diagram-RiverCanalRR from Jie Huang on Vimeo.

Rochester’s layers of infrastructural networks illustrate a complex history.  As I dissect the layers both in time and by system, I hope to reveal an underlying structure significant to Rochester’s current and future development.

1892 Diagram-Genesee River from Jie Huang on Vimeo.

1892 Diagram-Genesee River from Jie Huang on Vimeo.

1892 Diagram-Genesee River from Jie Huang on Vimeo.

These Grasshopper animations begin with tracing the 1892 paths of the river, canal and railroad.  Each system is then  divided into equal segments with a voronoi diagram attached to each division point.  As the number of divisions increase, the amount of system’s influence also became more clear.  The next step is to merge the 3 networks and study their interactivity.

Rochester has a rich history of transport networks that are literally layered on top of each other.  The following images illustrates snapshots of this evolution.
Erie Canal
Subway rail tracks over aquaduct [Broad Street]
Cars over the aquaduct [Broad Street]
In addition, there was also an extensive trolley system within the city before the introduction of the subway.
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images from http://www.broadstreetcorridor.com/gallery.html and http://www.shorpy.com/search/node/rochester