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Old 07-20-2008, 09:23 PM
Location: Birmingham, AL
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Hi everyone, I'm 20 years old and I'm going to be finishing a career training program (as a chef ) in a few months and at the end of it I will assisted in finding a job anywhere in the country.

I am currently in Birmingham, AL but I am wanting to move northward and eventually I hope to find a job in NYC or the surrounding area. That is still a long ways off though and until then I was wanting to move to an "intermediate" area and Rochester was one place that I came across in my search for a city.

I'm not necessarily looking for a thriving nightlife, activities for someone my age, family-friendly areas, etc. What I'm looking for is a job and residence in a more urban area that isn't so expensive as some place like NYC. I'm really a city kind of guy and even though Birmingham is decently sized, I'm just wanting more. Plus, I'm about as far removed from the Alabama culture as I can be. All the blatant racism (I know it exists everywhere, and it's not as bad as some stereotypes might have others believe, but..) and the fact that everyone is so hung up on "tradition".. it just about puts me out of my mind. I need a change. Oh and I much prefer cold weather to hot, and I hate getting maybe an inch of snow combined over three winters.

Would any of you recommend Rochester as some place to live and work for a few years before traveling elsewhere (hopefully northward)? What about restaurants and hotels in the area, as that is where I will mostly where I will be looking for work? What kind of prices can I expect for a 1BR apartment in the city? Are there any areas outside the city you would recommend that might be cheaper, without a long commute? Any specific neighborhoods you would recommend I look at/avoid?

I've been reading up a little, and it sounds like people recommend the East Side more so than the West, but I'm not sure if the same holds true for someone like me.

Thanks for any advice. =D
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Old 07-21-2008, 06:47 AM
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Its a good place to live if you found a job at a restaurant. Live in the park ave area and you'll be fine. 600-700 per month for a 1 bedroom.
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Old 07-23-2008, 09:44 PM
Location: Birmingham, AL
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Thanks garmin! =D

Anyone else recommend Park Ave. area (not really sure where it is, but I'll keep it in mind), or somewhere else? Do you think there would be plenty of places to work in/around Rochester? Any big hotels/big non-chain restaurants in the area?
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Old 07-23-2008, 11:23 PM
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The "hip" place to live would seem to be the South Wedge. I'm a junior at the University of Rochester and a lot of my friends who live off campus live there. There are a lot businesses there that cater to the young crowd.

But yeah, Park Ave. rocks. Super classy. <3 Park Ave. Anyway, I think Rochester is good if you're looking for something a little less hyped, a little more under the radar. A lot of cities are over hyped, and Rochester gets virtually no hype, but when you get here you find that there are alllll kinds of creative people around. haha. i know i didn't expect it, and was impressed.
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