Do Not Preserve Installment 2: Conifer’s Pastel Projects as Gateway to the City

The Genesee River winds through the Twin Tiers of Northern Pennsylvania and New York’s Southern Tier before arriving in Rochester and Lake Ontario at the end of its meandering excursion.  Along the way, the river flows through the popular gorge at Letchworth State Park.  The route along the river approaching the City from the south provides those postcard quality images that a city so often desires.

Until you reach this-

Pastel Projects (Photo Credit: YNN)

That is Erie Harbor by Conifer Realty.  It is ugly-a Riverway refuge of hideousness.  The first time I saw the façade of these buildings while driving to the Episcopal Home, I assumed it had to be a new “project” gracing the river.  However, far from it-a two bedroom apartment at Erie Harbor starts at nearly $1,400.  $1,400 to live in the projects on Mt. Hope Avenue.

This is not the first criticism of the Legoland Projects on the Genesee.  Apparently, I wasn’t the only one who thought it reminiscent of a 1960s housing project.  If modern design is indeed tasteless, and the City wants to be on the cutting edge, then Rochester and Conifer certainly did themselves proud with this one.  Hold onto your hat; there are more installments to come.

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