Oxford Street in Rochester's Park Avenue Neighborhood is well known for its magnificent row of magnolia trees, which come into bloom each spring. This magnificent display of color is short lived but dramatic. For some area residents, a trip to see the magnolias is an annual tradition, along with a visit to one of many shops and restaurants in the surrounding area. The Oxford Mall extends from Monroe Avenue to Park Avenue.
The Park Avenue Neighborhood is a good example of one of Rochester's urban villages, a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood where stores, restaurants, offices and other services are supported by the residential neighborhoods that surround them. These businesses, in turn, create a host of amenities that drive up the residential property values of the neighborhood.
Our community development process encourages residents and merchants to work together to develop long-range visions for their neighborhoods to create blueprints for change in those neighborhoods.