Rochester is something of a hot topic right now. Over the past few months our fair city has been getting a fair share of national media attention. Some of it has focused on the precarious financial situations of some of our historic business leaders, while some of it has pointed out the region's tremendous growth potential.
There is no question that Rochester is in a period of transition, which is why it's a perfect time to consider the area's past, present, and future. Hopefully that is what this year's Annual Manual will help you do. Inside these pages you will find more profiles on city neighborhoods and county suburbs. (This is the fourth year of this project; for additional profiles find previous editions of City's Annual Manual on rochestercitynewspaper.com.) You can also consider the current state of Rochester by reading up on our guide to arts and cultural venues that might be off of your radar. Or get ideas on how to stay active in Rochesterwith the story on alternative local fitness options.
Rochester's storied past gets some play in Katherine Stathis's fascinating article on some of the city's most interesting historical monuments. The inspirations for these markers are interesting enough, but seeing how these supposed permanent reminders get shuffled around due to "urban renewal" is illuminating in a different way. We also have a piece detailing the history of that signature Rochester dish, the garbage plate.
As for the future, it might not have the clout of education or biotech, but Rochester has a burgeoning t-shirt design industry you probably know nothing about. Check out Rebecca Rafferty's piece for the details. And make sure to save our annual special-events calendar so that you don't miss any of the top-notch cultural opportunities that make this city as vibrant as it ever was.