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Old 08-20-2012, 07:51 AM
 
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I was born in Rochester and raised until 12 in Greece. We moved to Albion until I moved out of my parents for bigger and better things. When I lived in Albion I would often go to Greece, maybe to Water Street or Blue Cross or Dinosaur BBQ. That was the extent of my experience in Rochester.

So, we were back in the area visiting my family and trying to find something fun to do. Saw that the Arts Festival was that weekend so we packed up and headed in. Besides the insane heat (like 93-95, probably warmer given the blacktop), we had an amazing time. That festival stretched on forever, so many cools things there. Then we headed to the Strong Museum of Play. My 15 month old daughter LOVED it.

I have to say, my whole perspective of what Rochester has to offer changed. I was always afraid to venture downtown or around the area because my perceived elements of crime. I highly regret not utilizing Rochester more. Everything was close and easy to access and beautiful. When we move back, if Rochester makes sense for us, I would love to live there. If only I knew just how much really is there I would have moved that way instead of out towards Buffalo more (then to NYC).
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Old 08-20-2012, 08:30 AM
 
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I think your story is an all too common theme throughout Upstate NY. I think too many people let what someone else tells them dictate what they do, instead of people finding out for themselves what is going on. If they did, they may be pleasantly surprised.
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Old 08-20-2012, 09:04 AM
 
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I think your story is an all too common theme throughout Upstate NY. I think too many people let what someone else tells them dictate what they do, instead of people finding out for themselves what is going on. If they did, they may be pleasantly surprised.
I grew up with my parents who constantly scared me about minorities and lower income areas. Maybe it was moving to NYC to realize that just because it looks a little dirty doesn't mean its crime ridden. But also living in the country, the idea of going to the city is some foreign concept. Like why would you want to get shot at and deal with the crazies. I don't think people understand just how great cities can be. The trip from Park Av to Strong was seamless and it was a place where you could spend all day and still not see and do everything. Teaches you a lesson, don't listen to country folk about cities, they have no clue.
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Old 08-20-2012, 01:21 PM
 
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I grew up with my parents who constantly scared me about minorities and lower income areas. Maybe it was moving to NYC to realize that just because it looks a little dirty doesn't mean its crime ridden. But also living in the country, the idea of going to the city is some foreign concept. Like why would you want to get shot at and deal with the crazies. I don't think people understand just how great cities can be. The trip from Park Av to Strong was seamless and it was a place where you could spend all day and still not see and do everything. Teaches you a lesson, don't listen to country folk about cities, they have no clue.
What I find interesting about your story is that Albion is a small town with a decent volume of diversity, but I also wonder if the presence of a couple of prisons skews attitudes towards certain minorities/people of color too. Medina and Kendall(at one time) have their share of minorities too. Many came as migrant workers from Florida, among other places.

Anyway, I agree that cities are taken for granted up here and many times the things that people are looking for may be here or close by, if they take the time to look.
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