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Andrew Langston Way Dedication Ceremony

Mayor Lovely Warren will be joined by members of Mr. Langston’s family to dedicate Andrew Langston Way at the Midtown Rising redevelopment site.


  • Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2014
  • Time: 1 p.m.
  • Location: Andrew Langston Way and Elm Street on the Midtown Rising site

City chooses Andrew Langston Way, Midtown Commons

Mayor Lovely A. Warren announced on April 21 that the City has chosen names for the new street and plaza created as part of the Midtown Rising redevelopment.

The Mayor and a City committee have decided on ‘Midtown Commons’ for the new open space; and ‘Andrew Langston Way’ for the new street from among 328 suggestions submitted to the City between March 17 and March 31.

The names were be submitted for City Planning Commission consideration at its May 12 meeting. Upon Planning Commission recommendation, the names were approved by City Council at its May 20 meeting.

“I can think of no better way to pay homage to Mr. Langston, who died in 2010 and was the founder and CEO of WDKX-FM 103.9,” the Mayor continued. “In April of 1974, WDKX went on the air as one of the first black-owned radio stations in New York and today is one of the only locally owned radio stations in Rochester. Just as Midtown Plaza was the first of its kind for indoor malls, Andrew Langston was a true Rochester pioneer for African-Americans in the field of broadcasting.”

The new streets at the Midtown site are expected to be completed and open by the end of May. A dedication ceremony to open Andrew Langston Way is scheduled for Sept. 24. A dedication ceremony for the new open space is being planned. 

Name a part of history

The Midtown Rising implementation received more than 200 suggestions from the public to name the new street and plaza created by the redevelopment of the Midtown site. The new plaza space will be called Midtown Commons and the new street will be called Andrew Langston Way.

  • The plaza (Area A on the map below) is a .58 acre parcel that lies between S. Clinton Ave. (next to the Windstream building) and the new street. The new plaza is designed to be used for events and everyday enjoyment by Downtown residents, workers and visitors. It includes seating areas, a paved plaza, a lawn area and a grove of trees.
  • The new street (Area B on the map below) will begin at East Main Street opposite the Liberty Pole and run south to Elm Street.




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