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Annual Manual 2016: Welcome to the Rochester of Tomorrow 


How do you describe an ever-changing, breathing region in an annual guide like this one? One way is to describe things as they are, introducing recent transplants to their new home and reminding long-time residents that there is still a lot to uncover in our part of Western New York.

Another way is to think ahead. And that's what we're doing with the 2016 Annual Manual. What could the Rochester of 2050 look like? How could our region continue to change, for better or for worse?

Frank De Blase woke up from a middle-of-the-night fever dream to jot down his vision for a new Smugtown, complete with a rebuilt RKO Palace, cherry pie served by robots, and a surprisingly efficient EL train. And we got a few locals — including a former police chief, University of Rochester professors, and the Lonely Medley Centre — to make their own bold predictions about the city's future.

In our new Annual Manual, you'll find a snapshot of Rochester's political family tree, profiles of four performance groups that carry on their culture's traditions through art, and five reasons to visit an important city neighborhood.

We also talk with three area distillery owners about their craft and the future of the industry in Rochester, and explore South Clinton Avenue.

Be on the lookout for insight throughout these stories on how the city might change in the future. And if you have some ideas yourself or would like to add your voice to the conversation, be sure to leave a comment below these articles online at

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