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Rochester, Michigan Book of Photography Now Available


A new book showcasing the City of Rochester, Michigan has been released and is now available at local retail outlets. Rochester, Michigan Photographs, the fifth book of city photography from City Photos and Books, Inc., documents historic and modern structures in and around downtown Rochester, Michigan.

According to author Rod Arroyo, “Rochester is one of the great small towns in Michigan. It offers a dynamic combination of rich history, quality growth, and vibrancy that encompasses downtown, other business areas, and the neighborhoods. This is a walkable community. Whether it is a downtown sidewalk, the Paint Creek Trail, Rochester Municipal Park or a neighborhood sidewalk, people are walking, biking or running in and around the City every day.”

Besides sharing his images, Arroyo hopes to promote Rochester businesses and encourage people to shop, dine, and enjoy this vibrant City. Arroyo notes that “the downtown businesses need support from the community and beyond to continue to thrive and build upon past achievements. Small acts by individuals that support local businesses can add up to a significant positive impact on the downtown area and the community as a whole.”

Another goal of the book is to partner with a non-profit organization in the Rochester area. Rochester Area Youth Assistance (RAYA) will receive a portion of the proceeds from all retail sales of the book. RAYA is a non-profit organization of volunteer citizens, assisted by two caseworkers, whose goal is to strengthen youth and families and to reduce the incidence of delinquency, abuse, and neglect through volunteer involvement. For more information on Rochester Area Youth Assistance, contact Pamela Strzalkowski, LMSW, Youth Assistance Caseworker, at 248-656-3558.

The Rochester book follows the spring 2009 release of Washington, DC Photographs: Monuments and Icons. Other releases by City Photos and Books have focussed on Birmingham, Michigan; Royal Oak, Michigan; and Northville’s Historic Mill Race Village.

About the Author
Rod Arroyo’s profession is city planning and transportation consulting with Birchler Arroyo Associates, Inc., a Lathrup Village-based firm he co-founded. He is also a co-owner of clearzoning, a company that transforms municipal codes. He studied photojournalism in college and worked for a daily college newspaper, but he eventually chose a career in city planning and traffic consulting. His projects have included the award-winning Big Beaver Corridor Study for the City of Troy and his firm has served as the City of Rochester’s Planning Consultant for over 20 years.

The Rochester book is available at:

Lytle Pharmacy, 340 Main Street, Rochester, Michigan 48307
Haig’s of Rochester Fine Jewelry, 311 Main Street, Rochester, Michigan 48307

It is also available through,, and the author’s web site. The author asks that people consider buying the book from one of the local Rochester stores in order to promote downtown businesses.


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