‘Urban by Choice’ is the neighborhood slogan for this southwest corner of the city. With 22,000 residents, the 19th Ward is the largest residential neighborhood in the city and has the oldest continuously operating neighborhood association in Rochester. The area also includes Genesee-Jefferson and functions as the hub of the Southwest area of the city.
Residents from a variety of socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds have chosen life in the 19th Ward. The neighborhood has great natural, recreational, economic, and educational amenities. It also features sturdy, beautiful homes that range in style and size from one-story cottages to stately mansions. Most homes have hardwood floors, natural wood trim, leaded or stained glass windows, and open porches. Areas of the 19th Ward are in the process of being designated as historic districts on the National Register of Historic Places. These houses are highlighted in the annual Community Association House Tour – a neighborhood tradition since 1971.
The 19th Ward holds many social events including a Square Fair in June, annual convention in November, and lively community potluck dinners. The Westside Farmer’s Market is a popular stop at St. Monica’s church. This neighborhood has its own business association and a number of block clubs. All activities, committees, and events are volunteer-based and rely on neighbors working together.
Proximity to facilities such as Genesee Valley Park, the University of Rochester, the Erie Canal, Brooks Landing riverfront development, the Greater Rochester International Airport, and Interstate 390 makes the 19th Ward a convenient and attractive place to live.
Neighborhoods are living breathing entities, which can change over time. Although we have tried to capture the essence of this area, the Coalition will be reviewing information twice a year to determine if any updates should be made. If you have suggestions for an update, please contact us and we will consider it at the next review.