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Links of the Day:

– The Albany Times Union revived the always-fun Upstate v. Downstate boundary debate:

Unlike all the different ways entities and governments carve up the state between regions and counties and towns and cities, there is no universal dividing line that separates “upstate” and “downstate,” according to multiple public and private agencies and organizations contacted Wednesday.

“Ever hear the line ‘Where you sit is where you stand?’ ” said Mark LaVigne, deputy director of the New York State Association of Counties. “There is no objective line.”

New York State has distinctive regions, each with their strengths and weaknesses. The Capital Region is enjoying economic success not felt in the rest of the state. The Finger Lakes Region’s unemployment is lower than other regions, but wages here are declining. Western New York is lagging.

Upstaters don’t need to be reminded of these differences. Downstaters do.

– How much money do you need to buy a home in the Rochester region? The National Association of Realtors says you only need to earn $23,796 if you put 10 percent down. The group based the figure on median home prices and mortgage payments not exceeding 25 percent of one’s income.

That figure seems awfully low. Could anyone qualify for a mortgage with that kind of salary?

– The Bay Bridge is closing four weekends this summer for repairs. Webster residents are worried they’ll be trapped.

A Syracuse hot dog company wants to go national.

Meet Monroe Avenue’s Dancing Man.

TIME is creeping everyone out with its coverthat they’re seeing for the first time on social media. Nice way to grab attention for a medium declining in relevancy.

3 Responses to What’s Upstate?

  1. May 10, 2012 at 1:51 pm Kevin Yost responds:

    Rockland, Orange, Sullivan, Westchester, and all counties south constitute Downstate. However, I feel it is more of a pull between eastern and western New York, rather than Upstate vs. Downstate. Cayuga, Onondaga, Cortland, Broome, and all counties west should really become a new state.

  2. I’ve seen it described many times that anything north of Rockland County, Westchester is considered Upstate.

  3. May 10, 2012 at 3:50 pm Julia responds:

    I bought a house in 2005 with less than 10% down and a $25k salary. Of course, I live in Chautauqua County where houses are priced lower than in Monroe AND this was before the housing crisis. That said, I’m betting the Realtor’s figures for $23k/10% down for Monroe Co. now may be realistic but I don’t know what kind of house they could actually afford.

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