Good for Bruce Barnes for opposing it, and keep up the good work. Much of University Avenue is, in atmosphere, a "dead zone," but how things are now is not how they were, or how they would be with proper planning in the years and decades to come. The City has done well re the Neighborhood of the Arts; give the Eastman House, which is central to that concept, the opportunity to do as it needs to do in the future there. It is against the interests of the entire community for space in the immediate vicinity of the Eastman House to be blocked off from future development in keeping with its location by the kind of project Morgan Management wants to do, which is as short-sighted, mercenary, shallow, and unwise as are the arguments in support of fracking. I've known the Voiture/40&8 since my late father was County Commander, the immediate vicinity of the Eastman House has been home to me virtually all my life, and my church is the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation next door. I know the area as well as anyone does, and I know what I'm talking about here. Plus, problematic parties ow have devastated the neighborhood's trees, all of which are in a preservation district and none of which are to be taken down without permission of the preservation board, without seeking the permission of the City and too often without being sanctioned by it as proper, already. Put it somewhere else, Morgan. It doesn't belong there. One trusts that the Planning Commission and the Preservation Board will act in the best interests of the city and leave this space as is so that something more supportive of and conducive to what this city can do and be in the future than a mere apartment house can manifest. Kindly remember the folly of ca. 1960, when the City wanted pink apartment houses; I remember, in fact, when the City insisted that an irreplaceable mansion be torn down and that one be built. Sure, Morgan wants the location. But it's not the appropriate use of the space. May I suggest that rather than approving Morgan's Folly, the Preservation Board exercise its authority regarding the trees in the neighborhood.
In response to the two prior comments, if the number of hypothetical residents of this hypothetical apartment or condo project who would visit and even donate to the Eastman House -- if they did -- is sufficient to make a significant difference to the Eastman House, then George's legacy is less than we thought. In terms of the Eastman House's "right" to "possess" the property, well, how much does the Eastman House mean to the community versus how much Morgan Management does? I have no reason to be a fan of City Newspaper's management, but honestly I do not see how it is failing to be objective in this instance. What is a pity is apparent inability to understand why it is important not to split an infinitive.
I live in the South Wedge and my partner owns a bar in the area. I have recently been victim to car vandalisms, car break in, and home robbery. We'd like to be involved in any planning to make our neighborhood a safe place.
I would love to be a part of this. My partner and I bought a house in the heart of the Wedge and I would like to help keep it safe.
Thanks, Christine. Totally understand. Look forward to hearing more about this and the progress the group makes - I also agree that that park at the corner of Alexander and South has become a trouble spot and prized location for people hanging out and drinking.
The meeting is not open to the public; this is a very early, planning meeting. I left out the location so people wouldn't be tempted to show up anyway.
I live up the hill from the South Wedge and may be interested in attending the meeting. Can you update with specifics of when and where the meeting will be held? Thanks.
I don't understand their vehement opposition to this plan, not least because the people who could afford these condos (people like my empty-nest parents) are likely to be avid visitors (and donors) to the Eastman House.
The hypocrisy of the Eastman House continues. Having tried to fast shuffle the Monroe Voiture veterans club last time around and having been caught in the act, now they try to derail any other use of the property they believe they have a god-given right to possess.
A pity that City Newspaper's management is unable to objectively report on the Morgan proposal.
Ooh...code enforcement in Irondequoit. There's a novel concept. Cars habitually parked on lawns & right-of-way are all too common.
And I hope to one day be 6'3" and a multi-billionaire. Ain't gonna happen either!
Lej? The only "Lej" I know of is the group ,"Literacy for Environmental Justice" in San Fran. And the "LEJ" designator for the Leipzig/Halle Airport in Germany.
This program is very beneficial to the community as a whole. For every teen helped, that is one less person in the system. One less teen lost to the life of violence. Now if we could catch teens before they find themselves in these situations would be even better. I hope this program continues to help those who come through its doors for many years to come.
Kara-to speak in generalities about what "most" pro-life people are doing or not doing is not an argument- it is a convenient and entirely subjective distraction. It is an attempt to avoid the reality of a discussion of what abortion is.
Over 300,000 people protest the capital on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade every year- This is just a minority of the millions of people in this country who profess to be pro-life. How can you possibly know what millions of people are doing or not doing? Or what they believe about the death penalty or healthcare or anything?
This article counters your argument- it shows that among these protesters are women looking to help other women to keep their babies- for nothing in return.
Planned Parenthood makes a billion dollars a year on abortions! They sell abortions. These protesters are not selling anything. Who has the altruistic motive here? PP takes your money, kills your baby and then sends you on your way. People like Mary Jost are helping women (pre and post natal) with every possible issue- food, clothing, housing, you name it, to keep mothers and their babies together or to find an adoptive home- to help women give their children life and to meet both of their needs- at birth and beyond.
Many women who protest PP have had abortions and suffered tremendously and want to stop other women from experiencing the same pain. They want to eliminate the crisis for these women, not to eliminate their baby.
I am aware that there are few among us like Mother Teresa- she is the ideal to strive for- but, being against abortion, does not mean you want to see children die, or to be molested or any other possible tragedy. Many of these protesters are mothers- did they abandon their own children after birth, caring only for them in utero?!
The problem is, that it is very hard to defend the images of abortion that these protesters are showing. The Pro-choice solution is to divert the issue and demonize those who are trying to show this reality.
Wegmans is totally in the wrong here; they need to make good-faith effort to maintain the guaranteed pension plan. This time, the union is dead-on right.
For the person who asked if the pension is guaranteed, the answer is Yes. If the pension fund defaults, it's federally insured by the government. If that happened, the government would take control of the fund and everyone would receive 50% of what they are supposed to get up to a certain amount.
The problem is, Chi, that the pro-life sentiment seems to fade away after birth. Where is the moral outrage that children in this country die of perfectly preventable illnesses because their parents cannot afford healthcare? With many of these movements relating to the Catholic church—how pro-life is an organization that protects known child abusers? Would these same protestors stand outside a prison and protest the death penalty? In my experience, not many of them would.
These protestors aren't pro-life, they're anti-women.
What George Carlin did that Mother Teresa didn't was point out the hypocrisy of these myopic groups. When these groups spend as much time protesting poverty and the widening gap between the have and the have nots—maybe they'll have the merit to invoke Mother Teresa.
Anyone who thinks casinos are a good idea should volunteer to pay more in taxes. It is insane to believe that an activity based on addiction is a good thing for the economy. Casinos, like fracking, show just how desperate our society is to make things happen...at any cost.
I have no interest in casinos. I don't find gambling fun, and I hate how they are designed to get you lost in the maze of slots. But honestly, how much would it hurt to put one down by High Falls?
"Richards has said that he is opposed to a casino in downtown Rochester for the kind of statement it would make about the character of the area.
"I don't know that putting a casino in the middle of downtown is necessarily what my vision of downtown is," he said."
What is his vision of downtown? Does it have any character? To me, downtown is just a bunch of tall buildings with empty streets on the weekends. I live in the Park Ave area, and rarely find myself downtown (besides Jazz Fest and hockey games) since I don't work there. I eat in the South Wedge, hang out on Monroe, go to the market, but downtown is just never on my radar as somewhere to go.
Downtown, especially near Kodak, is pretty desolate, at least a casino would be something there. It would be better than losing yet another business to Henrietta.
I prefer Mother Teresa (over George Carlin)- she called abortion "the greatest threat to peace in the world,"- she was a perfect model of the pro-life mission: reverence for all human life- from conception to natural death.
A desire to end the violence of abortion does not mean a hatred for all other humanity- it is a mission of inclusiveness- to expand human rights to the entire spectrum of human life.
Hey, these pro-Fracker people really do want their cake and eat it to: Frack for more fossil fuels in a time of Climate Change but no taxes on these industries that the state has to monitor and clean up after.
What’s odd about the rage against Big Government is that the very folks who continually rail against more government regulations and taxing are exactly the folks who will insure the need for Big Government. Free market fundamentalism that treats our environment as an externality (garbage dump and magical resource provider) and sucks public monies from our transportation system that allows their industries to function will force government to be larger and more intrusive to fix the damage from their rapacious practices.
Haven’t seen a single industry yet willing to take on Brownfields, which industry has left ‘we the people’ to clean up.
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