2019 is only a day old and resolutions are still fresh on everyone's minds, so here are five things Rochester should try to do this year.


#5 - Keep the Ear of Corn water tower - While we don't know that this Rochester landmark is going away necessarily, there's a concerted effort (read more about it HERE) to make sure the familiar, tall corn cob stays in the southeast skyline, and I agree-- we should keep it, right?

#4) - Let's not have ALL downtown streets under construction at one time - If you tried to get around, or merely get downtown, during peak construction time last year, you know how tough it was. It seemed like just about every major street was closed or was under construction. Heck, at one point, the detour route for the already-closed 4th Street was even under construction! Can we maybe plan a little better and space them out this year?

#3) - Can restaurants not just up and close without any advanced notice? First it was both Perkins locations, and now both Bakers Square locations suddenly closed up shop without any advanced notice, just a sign taped to the door. Come on, man! I realize there's always more going on than meets the eye, but don't your loyal employees and customers deserve more notice than that? Besides, wouldn't more people flock to your restaurant one last time if you said you were shutting things down permanently in a couple of weeks?  Can we change this in 2019?

#2) - Lets update those downtown traffic lights so they don't randomly turn red even though there's no traffic coming from the other direction. - can think of few things more frustrating than a stop light that turns red for no reason-- as if it's on timer-- and stops traffic for NO other cars coming the other way. (Like the lights at the corner of 2nd Street and 6th Avenue.) Can we finally get these updated to change only when there's a legitimate need, with traffic coming from both streets?

#1) - Rochester needs to host more big-name country concerts - Sure, we had a great time seeing Scotty McCreery at the Olmsted County Fair and Chase Bryant during the Down By The Riverside series last year, but when was the last time a big name country artist performed here? I'm thinking it was Little Big Town with Brett Eldredge and Brothers Osborne-- and that was back in December of 2014! I realize Garth Brooks is probably not going to play Mayo Civic Center, but can't we get some other artist to play here?

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