I’m going to stand up for Rochester here. tygre and I went to Rochester a couple weeks ago to a restaurant downtown near the Eastman School of Music. There were coffee shops brimming with young arty types, new buildings going up nearby, many restaurants and bars doing brisk business. Despite well-known big businesses closing down, there is a lot else going on in Rochester from a business standpoint, with lots of industrial parks buzzing along. Yes, it’s got bad parts, but what big city doesn’t?
I defy you to go to other places named in this thread, like Gary or East St. Louis, then go to Rochester’s downtown areas and business parks and tell me that Rochester even belongs on the same list. And, honestly, I have no real connections to Rochester–I’ve just been to the place, and it’s just not in the same league as Gary or East St. Louis or Detroit (all of which I’ve also been to).