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Susan B. Anthony Neighborhood - Rochester, NY


Just west of downtown Rochester, the Susan B. Anthony Neighborhood’s biggest attraction is the Madison Street home of Anthony, the noted suffragist and civil rights leader, who was arrested at her home in 1872 for voting. This historic neighborhood is the only surviving example in the city of an early 19th century tract development that retains its original public square and alley configuration.


Many of the businesses and restaurants are small, family-owned places. A Tops grocery store is on West Avenue. There are some national-chain pharmacies and retail stores in the area. The closest post offices are on Thurston Road and at the Federal Building downtown. The former St. Mary’s Hospital, at the intersection of West Main Street and Chili Avenue, now is mainly used for hospice care.

Recreation & Entertainment

The Susan B. Anthony Neighborhood is close to downtown and its attractions. The Blue Cross Arena at the Community War Memorial and Frontier Field, home of the Rochester Red Wings baseball team, are nearby.

Transportation & Traffic

Traffic along West Main Street can be heavy at times, particularly during rush-hour traffic. The area is close to Interstate 490, which provides east-west access.

Pros & Cons

This historic neighborhood has gone through some tough times but appears to be bouncing back. Spacious homes are quite affordable. This area is still developing and appears to be on the upswing.

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