Garden Rant
Gardening While Intoxicated
Buffalo Spree


A year ago, Licata became the fourth member of a group of garden bloggers with an attitude. Garden Rant one of my favorites: A blend of gossip, news, crusade and, yes, raw rant, it blows the cobwebs out of gardening's mustier corners.

–Adrian Higgins,
Washington Post

... co-curators Elizabeth Licata and Amy Cappellazzo have magnificently transcended the limitations of what is, at bottom, a show of books. ...Preciousness—the bane of such exhibitions—is nowhere in evidence.

–Richard Huntington,
Buffalo News

"Garden Walk Buffalo: A Celebration of Urban Gardens," is a tour guide into dozens of gardens during the annual event held the last full weekend in July. It's knowingly written by Buffalo Spree editor Elizabeth Licata, and packed with gorgeous photographs...

–Mark Sommer,
Buffalo News

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Community Activist

Allentown Group has 40 Years of Tenacity (excerpts)

An organization formed to fight plans to turn part of an Allentown street into a parking lot is celebrating 40 years of working to preserve that neighborhood's history.

Through four decades of maintaining and promoting the Allentown neighborhood, the group's mission hasn't changed.

"The association was founded because (a developer) wanted to turn a big chunk of Irving (Place) into a parking lot," said Allentown Association President Elizabeth Licata. "It all came from there.

"Preservation is still so important to us," Licata said.

Their latest battle involves a 19th century, city-owned building at Main and Virginia streets whose roof was damaged by fire last month. The Allentown Association and Campaign for Buffalo History, Architecture and Culture obtained a court order to block emergency demolition.

"We don't feel that emergency demolition is warranted," Licata said.

"We want to support our businesses," Licata said. "We basically want to keep Allentown as a viable, attractive, safe neighborhood."

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