Upper Monroe Neighborhood Association (UMNA)

UMNAlogo2The Upper Monroe Neighborhood Association (UMNA) is a not-for-profit advocacy group representing the 3,300 residents and property owners in the Upper Monroe Neighborhood.

The Upper Monroe neighborhood exemplifies the best of the Monroe Urban Village. Residents can easily access the ingredients essential to comfortable city living – retail, restaurants and recreation resources – within walking distance of their homes. Its boundaries are marked at the north by Route 490, south at the city line with the Town of Brighton, east on Culver Road, and west to Field Street.” – City of Rochester | Southeast Neighborhoods – Upper Monroe

We’ll keep you continually informed of happenings on our Community News page.  Sign up to our E-mail List (see side bar) for the latest buzz on UMNA area happenings. Also, you can now pay your UMNA membership dues ONLINE by clicking clicking on the sidebar donations feature. And, if you’ve got something to say about the Upper Monroe Neighborhood, say it on Nextdoor Upper Monroe, or Upper Monroe Neighborhood’s Facebook.



 Got neighborhood issues?

banghead Don’t bang your head against the wall trying to find answers. Come to our monthly UMNA meetings. Often police, service center, city officials, and fire department show up to address your issues.


Loose leaf collection is coming soon!


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The Department of Environmental Services will collect leaves from city streets from Nov. 2 through Nov. 27.

Once collection has begun, we publish daily progress updates so you can see where we’ve been on the east and west side of the city.


Get answers to frequently asked questions on the Leaf Collection FAQs page
Read about seasonal services in the annual At Your Service Guide
For further information, call 311 (outside City limits, call (585) 428-5990)
When will leaves be picked up from my street?

Fall is a Season for Change


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The leaves of change are upon us once again. The days are getting shorter, the nights cooler and the trees brighter. Thousands of students are meeting new teachers while local farmers prepare for the fall harvest. Fall is all about transition and transformation.

Change is ever present and doesn’t stop with the turning of the season, change can happen with you. This fall can be the time you get in the best shape of your life, try your hand at something you have never experienced or forge new life-long friendships. From after school programs to senior activities, sports leagues to state of the art fitness facilities, Rochester recreation offers so many opportunities for everyone to explore and grow.

Monroe Branch Library [• 809 Monroe Ave. • 428-8202] events:


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Open pdf file for events at the Monroe Branch Library for the month of November 2015


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Upper Monroe

A recent local news article claimed, “All your friends are moving to Victor,” but many DINKs (that’s “Double Income, No Kids”) are choosing to live within city limits and still enjoy a healthy, affordable lifestyle. The Upper Monroe neighborhood — nestled near the Swillburg and Park Avenue neighborhoods and right near the Brighton town line — is a natural progression for young couples or even families who want to move beyond renting in the trendy Park Ave or South Wedge areas. (Full disclosure: I recently moved to Upper Monroe after several stints in Park Ave and one in Marketview Heights.) Cobbs Hill is within walking distance. The Culver Road Armory boasts high-end shopping and eateries — with another expansion in the works. Street parking is always available. Single-family homes are affordable and sit on tree-lined lots. The city’s largest community garden, Wide Water Gardens, is located between Rosedale and Hinsdale streets. Upper Monroe? More like Upper Fun-roe. [See Best of Rochester 2015: Critic Picks, Rochester City Newspaper, October 28, 2015]



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Local Organizations Unite to Launch The “Rochester March for Global Climate Action”

During the 21st United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris, Rochesterians will join forces to urge global action against growing climate problems.

Sunday, November 29, 2015- A coalition of concerned nonprofit organizations, churches, and businesses will march through downtown, to coincide with rallies, marches and other actions world-wide. The march is geared to urge leaders at the 21st United Nations Conference on Climate Change to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, from all the nations of the world. Learn more about this historic event: PRESS RELEASE Rochester Global March for Climate Action

What’s so special about Upper Monroe Neighborhood?



bikeROCHESTER Consider bicycling through Upper Monroe Neighborhood instead of driving. Save money, increase your health, see the great sites more casually, and lower your carbon footprint. Learn all about bicycling in Rochester—what the laws are, what the signs on the road are, how to get a bike rack, a bike locker, where and what bike boulevards are and just about anything you need to know about bicycling safely in our neighborhood. Form the City of Rochester, NY.

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