Monroe Village is a lively mix of residential and commercial offerings located between Monroe Avenue and the Interstate 490. This neighborhood includes Lock 66, Park-Meigs, Pearl-Meigs-Monroe, and Wadsworth Square, as well as Harper-Wilmer and Linwood-Priem.
Monroe Avenue is surely one of the most interesting streets in Rochester, with its eclectic combination of stores, boutiques, restaurants, service businesses, bars, pubs, cultural centers, schools, and institutions such as the popular and historic Monroe branches of the YMCA and Public Library. New developments such as the Button Lofts sit next to long-time fixtures like the Genesee Center for the Arts & Education, with community darkroom, ceramic studio, printshop, many different classes, store, artists in residents, gallery that changes monthly and events like annual Spokes and Ink bike art festival. The Merchant’s Association of Monroe (MAMA) is active in promoting the diverse commercial corridor with ONLY ON MONROE. Each year they sponsor Show on Monroe which showcases all that Monroe. The neighborhood is also adjacent to the Inner Loop in-fill project, which will result in brand new connections across neighborhoods. In addition, several proposals are in the works to develop the newly available Inner Loop land for residential and commercial projects.
A sense of community spirit can be seen in the presence of neighborhood groups such as the Lock 66 Association, named in honor of the days when the Erie Canal ran right through this part of the city. Wadsworth Square is a quaint historic enclave off Monroe that includes handsome homes both grand and modest, along with a cozy park and playground. The neighborhood’s School Without Walls and School #15 are nationally known for their forward-thinking approaches to public education.
Residents of this neighborhood enjoy the traditional tree-lined streets and easy walking distance to the colorful variety of Monroe Avenue. The Monroe Village Farmers Market offers local produce and handmade goods throughout the summer. All the shops and amenities of Upper Monroe, Park Avenue, South Wedge, and Swillburg are only a short walk or drive up the street. Monroe Village is a neighborhood that truly embodies the color and convenience of modern day urban life.
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.