Mike & Ana, you've raised some excellent points. Rochester would not have evolved as it did had it not been for the economic lure that attracted immigrants and migrants from other parts of the country. Granted, in that time of economic prosperity, it could be argued that Rochester was sustained by both an information (innovation) and labor based economy.
For this Rochester native who has lived in large metropolitan areas since graduating from college near Rochester, it has taken nearly a decade and the birth of a child to embrace all that Rochester can offer. The idea of returning home is both attractive and frustrating. You've covered the attractions, but the frustrating part is finding work that utilizes the talents and skills that have been refined in my years away.
If the right career is available for an individual, then Rochester is an excellent place to call home.
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