(from web site)
"Each decade seems to have a way of getting labeled by an issue or an event or a
trend. We think of the 1960s as the Civil Rights period. The 70s are referred to
as the Watergate era. If the
20th century was the century of time -- as Albert Einstein called it -- then the
21st century may become the century of place.
"All of the spaces in which we live, at whatever scale, are shaped by dominant
market forces and dominant institutions. Yet to many of us, mid-size cities
negotiate between these forces and institutions much differently than do big
cities or small communities.
"Rochester, like many mid-size cities, has been a crucible for economic and
social change over the past several decades. Whether to note similarities or
differences, we encourage you use Rochester
as a touchstone for your ideas."