I live in the neighborhood and I LOVE this mural, it perfectly reflects my own aesthetic and spiritual choices...but as a member of the larger Rochester community, I felt a little sad for all the Christians, especially the latest African-American Christians, who had worshiped in that lovely old church for more than a century. To have a 20-foot tall Hindu goddess and $100 bill plastered on their church has to be a grievous reminder of their displacement by modern economics. I think a little more awareness about the context and history of the locations of these murals would not be amiss in the future because Wall/Therapy is such a marvelous cultural endeavor for our city.
The very healthiest place in town was overlooked: the Natural Oasis Cafe on Monroe. At lunch the fare in this tiny, immaculate space is an Ethiopian buffet done with an eye toward healthy ingredients (but of course, it's a buffet where one must watch the portions!). At night, however, it becomes a healthy eaters dream: small plates of vegan food using many locally-sourced ingredients, always cooked beautifully and reasonably priced. No tastier, healthier or less expensive option exists in Rochester.
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