Links of the Day:
– Rochester is doing just fine, thank you.
The New York Times has discovered the possible death of Kodak is not another Rust Belt cliché. In an accurate assessment of how we’ve weathered the company’s decline, The Times writes:
But beyond the urban core, in sparkling new office parks and research labs, at the University of Rochester and the Rochester Institute of Technology and the local medical complexes, Rochester remains quite robust, in no small part because of the legacy Kodak and other faded industrial giants left behind.
The fact that Kodak declined over decades, rather than suffering a sudden collapse, allowed people at the company and elsewhere to explore new options — to take skills in medical technology, photonics, imaging or optics to small startups or to start their own.
The Times pointed out wages have sunk, even as we’ve experienced job growth. The report also noted the “decay” in urban neighborhoods.
– The Rochester Regional Transportation Authority is a model for struggling Buffalo.
– Rochester then and now: The Democrat and Chronicle has another installment of its Retrofitting Rochester series.