QED: Cataract Street, Genesee Brewing, and the Law

As the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals reviews the Genesee Brewing Company's application for a zoning variance so that they can tear down two of three historic landmarks on their property at Cataract Street in our city, let's do the same and review the situation here. In this aerial photo, the building they will be … Continue reading QED: Cataract Street, Genesee Brewing, and the Law

“Double, Double Toil and Trouble”

We're brewing up our testimony for Thursday's meeting of the Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals. We will speak firmly in opposition to the proposed demolition of 13 Cataract Street. And so, herewith, an invitation to the incantations. What: Zoning Board of Appeals, Thursday, December 15, 2011. Where:  City Hall, Rochester, NY (a wonderful landmark structure). Council Chambers, 3rd … Continue reading “Double, Double Toil and Trouble”

Much More Brewing at Rochester’s High Falls

As we continue in our efforts here to save 13 Cataract Street, things are really brewing. First, an article written by Rochester activist and urban advocate Joel Helfrich, which you can find at the always extraordinary Rochester Subway site, produced by my intrepid and tireless colleague Mike Governale. Here's a link: http://www.rochestersubway.com/topics/2011/12/genesee-brewery-they-paved-history-and-put-up-a-parking-lot/ If you haven't already, … Continue reading Much More Brewing at Rochester’s High Falls

“Beauty is in the Eye of the Beer Holder”

So said Kinky Friedman. And since I am the beer holder this evening, let's talk about a real beauty, 13 Cataract Street. This wonderful old and sadly neglected building is 13 Cataract Street, here in our city. The folks who own it plan to tear it down. A bunch of us, the "historical fanatics" as … Continue reading “Beauty is in the Eye of the Beer Holder”