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Rochester economic performance indicators among 300 worldwide metros.                           Source: Brookings Institution


The Brookings Institution came out with its “Global Metro Monitor” comparing 300 of the world’s largest cities. I was stunned at the relative lack of growth in the Rochester region between 1993 and 2007. We saw only .2 percent job growth during this time? All of Upstate New York essentially flatlined for two decades.

Today, it’s encouraging Rochester is adding jobs at a faster pace, but there’s a lot of lost ground to cover.

Links of the Day:

– A Rochester man claims he had millions of dollars of baseball cards stolen. The strange tale ended with a federal jury verdict.

– The Buffalo News compared rates of procedures and tests for Medicaid patients in various cities. For example, Rochester Medicaid patients are twice as likely to have a procedure to get their arteries unclogged.

– Should the Syracuse police chief go around saying Bernie Fine’s accusers are credible, even though no charges were filed and there won’t be a vetting of evidence?

– Ever get mad at sidewalk cyclists? “Badly-behaved cyclists are usually just cyclists with inadequate infrastructure. Or none at all.”

2 Responses to Flatlined

  1. November 30, 2012 at 10:22 am Ginny Maier responds:

    I actually think that what is more remarkable about this data is how resilient Rochester has been in the face of the collapse of a major employer over, essentially, the same period. That Rochester at least kept pace with the rest of upstate seems pretty remarkable to me.

    Thanks for the link on sidewalk cyclists. I’m guilty of being one on Fairport Road. This route was reconstructed within the last few years — still no bike lane was added. What a shame.

  2. November 30, 2012 at 1:04 pm Hahvahd St responds:

    I am occasionally guilty of the sidewalk riding around the city, but its only in spots where the road is unsafe, and usually only to cross the street (i.e. Monroe Ave corners). Sometimes its just necessary, just don’t ride like a d*ck.

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