How do you fight crime? Ask your neighbors! This summer was an especially violent one—at midway through the summer there were at least two dozen homicides. Now that winter is approaching, city leaders, along with the police are looking to the people of Rochester for solutions on how to curb violence. They're hosting a series of meetings called "The Voice of the Citizen" initiative. The meetings will look at a number of problems, including how to deal with suspected drug houses, perception versus reality when it comes to crime in the city, and gangs and a culture of violence. Mayor Thomas Richards and Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard join us in studio to share their thoughts.
Also during today's show-- Rochester's economic growth. Much has been made about the importance of the small business owner in helping to prop up Rochester’s economy. The Rochester Institute of Technology is investing in that economy by opening up a location in the heart of downtown Rochester. In October, RIT announced it's intent to build the Center For Urban Entrepreneurship near the Liberty Pole. Dr. dt ogilvie is the new dean of RIT'S E. Philip Saunders College of Business. She shares her experience helping support entrepreneurship in her former position at Rutger's in New Jersey.