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Communications Bureau, City of Rochester

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.

Recently, the Wall Street Journal and CNBC have also noted the area’s “reinvention.” So much for those blaming Rochester’s size and location for stifling innovation.

– The Strathallan is going to get a new pool and brand name. New owners Christa Development have big plans. So far, the company hasn’t been able to pull together financing for Midtown Tower.

– 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.

One Response to Rochester: Not a Cliché

  1. Rochesters Bus success is because of the deal with the city schools, without it they are struggling just like the rest. The schools/public busing is imho the main reason for downtowns decline along the main st corridor. Nobody with any money in their pockets for a little shopping wants to be surrounded by a bunch of young kids, the good ones or the bad ones.

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