This research paper presents a case study of the Rochester downtown waterfront revitalization project. The project aims to revitalize the neglected waterfront and create a vibrant and attractive space for residents and visitors alike. Key factors contributing to the success of the Rochester downtown waterfront revitalization project include strong community engagement, public-private partnerships, adaptive reuse of existing structures, and a focus on sustainability. The study finds that the revitalization efforts have led to uneven economic, social, and environmental benefits for the community. The purpose of this study is to gain a comprehensive evaluation of the current status, difficulties, and potential for revitalization effort of the downtown Rochester waterfront. Through previous and current comprehensive plan studies and analysis, and proposed evaluation framework of sustainable waterfront revitalization trends, the study offers insights and recommendations for future action in the context of the downtown Rochester waterfront. The research question explores the challenges faced by Rochester during its post-industrial phase, the strategies employed to transform the waterfront into a tourism destination, and the influence of sustainable waterfront revitalization trends on Rochester's efforts towards revitalization.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Urban renewal--New York (State)--Rochester; Waterfronts--New York (State)--Rochester; Sustainable development--New York (State)--Rochester

Publication Date

Spring 2023

Document Type


Student Type


Degree Name

Architecture (M.Arch.)

Department, Program, or Center

Architecture (GIS)


Julius J. Chiavaroli

Advisor/Committee Member

Dennis A. Andrejko


RIT – Main Campus

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