Today I drove down to the High Falls area to check out Greentopia with Alicia and her sister. Turns out we were a week early. Ooops.
No big deal because today was the most beautiful day of the entire summer. Upper sixties, completely clear skies, a light breeze. One of those perfect days where you can just feel that it’s transitioning between summer and fall. A perfect day for some sightseeing in our very own Rochester.
Beebee Power Plant
I noticed that the last remaining smokestack at the power plant seems to be nearing demolition. This Rochester Subway article seems to confirm that it will indeed be gone by winter. Most of the High Falls sign is now covered in a netting because the top was beginning to deteriorate. It’s sad this monument will soon be gone, but the other two were removed in 2007. RG&E still has hopes to sell the station to developers and I can’t imagine anyone wanted to move in up until this point. Having a deteriorating, asbestos-filled smokestack towering over your business or home isn’t the most appealing thought. Let’s shed a tear and see something new in it’s place. What about an observation tower like this one that could increase the appeal for tourists?
Why wasn’t the water flowing today? I want my money back! 😉
Recently I heard that the Gorsline Building will be partially demolished due to the crumbling rock foundations and wall. As a looked out at the building and festival site from the Pont du Rennes I couldn’t help but feel nothing at all. Say what you will, but I couldn’t feel sentimental towards what currently exists there. As I left the bridge I noticed a plaque that showed a drawing of high falls before it was developed. Honestly the falls were beautiful then and I’d gladly welcome a return to a more natural look. If the foundations fall away into the gorge and they’re replaced by nothing but native trees I think I’d be satisfied.
Two Bridges to the North
Today I noticed again a couple former bridge crossings to the north. They were evident from the stone piers that still stand in the Genesee River, but little else exists. I suppose they used to go between the power plant and the brewery? They’re also very low in the gorge, so I’m not sure. If anyone knows anything about them I’d love to know.
Genesee Brewery Sign
Isn’t it beautiful? That’s some decent typography and color against a bright blue Rochester sky.
Genesee Beer Trailer
That’s my fiancee. She didn’t even plan that lipstick color. Promise.
The new brew house, visitors center and gift shop just opened. Pretty neat. I recommend checking it out. I didn’t try the $2 flight beer tasting, but maybe another time. They’ve also got nifty models and historic maps.
Greentopia Starts Tomorrow in the High Falls District
I’m looking forward to heading back sometime this coming week to check out the festivities. It’s the second year and I’m curious to see what direction the festival is headed in. Perhaps I’ll see you there!