The U.S. Census released data on business patterns for 2012. I did a comparison for selected retail, restaurants and recreation in the Rochester metropolitan area.
As for retail, the total number of establishments fell from 3,915 in 2002 to 3,548 in 2012. It’s clear the Internet took a bite out of some brick and mortar places. But other trends are revealed, such as the fact we’re buying fewer flowers.
We’re eating out more, with the total number of establishments climbing from 2,014 to 2,240. There are fewer bars, but the number of liquor stores went up.
Recreation patterns show we’re golfing and bowling less, but working out more.
Have a look:
Links of the Day:
– Parents are ridiculously pushy. Kids can’t take criticism and solve their own problems. Such is the state of youth sports in Rochester.
– A poll of New Yorkers shows deep dissatisfaction with Common Core, as well as trust in teachers.
– I found this New York Times piece on Common Core to be overly positive. It makes it seem as if this child must learn these new, wonderful, challenging standards, or fail at life. There was no questioning of the standards themselves.
– Could a lawsuit challenging teacher tenure be filed in New York?
– Do school dress codes inadvertently treat girls as sex objects?
– There are a lot fewer people playing golf in Monroe County.
– Do we really need to drug test eighth-graders? A girl (after my own heart) protested and got booted from the National Honor Society.
– The story of a dad his autistic son who loves the Phillies will touch your heart.