With more than $2.35 billion invested since 2000, Downtown Rochester is abuzz with creative energy and is a great place to live, work and play.


The Rochester Downtown Development Corporation is catalyzing growth, redevelopment, and increased density to amplify population growth, stimulate activity, and contribute to place-building in Rochester’s vibrant downtown.

Source: RDDC

Source: RDDC

Source: RDDC

140% growth in residents since 2000

Source: RDDC

190+ innovation and creative class companies

Source: RDDC and Downtown Innovation Zone

$770 million being invested this year

Source: RDDC 

residential projects in the pipeline

Source: RDDC

“ROC the Riverway” redevelopment in progress


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Welcome to Downtown Rochester’s FIRST cat cafe, @pawsitivecaferoc 🐈

Owned by Suzanne Peters and John Denman, this cozy new spot allows you to interact and play with a number of furry little friends, 🐱 away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Stop by to relax and snuggle with one of the many friendly cats, while enjoying a cup of coffee from Canaltown Coffee Roasters or hot tea from @happyearthtea ☕️ They also offer (human 😉) treats from @redfernroc 🍪

Follow @pawsitivecaferoc to stay updated on upcoming events – movie nights, cat yoga, game nights and more! So happy to have this unique spot in #DowntownRoc at 120 East Ave ❤️

#rochesterny #catcafe #whatsgoodrochester #thisisroc

Your favorite local comedians are hosting “Le Petit Comedié” TONIGHT at St. Joseph’s Park, one of the coolest spots in #downtownroc ✨

Dinner starts at 5 PM with @petitpoutinerie & show starts at 7 PM. Tickets available at the door for $10 🎟

Follow @refinedtasteroc for more info on tonight’s lineup ‼️

#rochesterny #standupcomedy #thisisroc

Free screening of Encanto TONIGHT for #MWADV at MLK Jr. Park ✨🎞

Evening starts at 7 PM with food, drinks, and dessert available for purchase. Keep an eye out for giveaways, free snacks, children’s activities from @somosrltc, and more!

Movie starts around dusk, ~8:45 PM. Movie will be captioned and an ASL interpreter will be on site for announcements. Bring blankets and chairs. We’ll see you tonight in #downtownroc 🍿

#rochesterny #thisisroc #visitroc #explorerochester

Movies with a Downtown View are BACK back in #DowntownRoc this summer, and the first screening will be a new family favorite, Encanto! ✨

Join us on July 15 at MLK Jr. Park for this family-friendly screening. As a partner, Foodlink will offer free snacks for the first 200 attendees. Food, drink, and ice cream will be available for purchase from our vendors. Bring blankets and chairs.

“Doors” open at 7:00 p.m.
Movie will start at 8:45 p.m.

Thanks to the @cityofrochesterny and @rocwashingtonsquare 🎞

All MoviesWADV are captioned and will have an interpreter for all announcements and giveaways.

📷: Tomas Flint

#rochesterny #thisisroc

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