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View Poll Results: Madison or Rochester
Rochester 8 44.44%
Madison 10 55.56%
Voters: 18. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 02-09-2010, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Rochester
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Both cities are simmilar in size and are located on water. Which one is nicer, has more to do in it etc?
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Old 02-09-2010, 09:08 PM
 
Location: NYC
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I guess that depends on what you are looking for in a city.

Rochester is a bigger MSA. The city has some small restaurant rows and gilded age cultural institutions. However, it is very suburban oriented w/o a vibrant hub.

Madison has more character and its downtown is pretty lively w/ retail and pedestrian activity.

Overall, I would say Madison is in better shape.

In terms of things to do, Rochester has more suburban amenities. However, if you want a more unique/pedestrian oriented environment, I would say Madison has the edge.

Both have pretty good natural attractions.
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Old 02-09-2010, 09:13 PM
 
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Originally from Roch, have spent much time in Madison. They are very different cities. I voted for Rochester because I am from there, but actually I think non-Upstater NYers would overwhelmingly prefer Madison. Roch is an acquired taste! (and it ain't what it used to be, nor is Madison what it's gonna be!)
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Old 02-11-2010, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Miami/ Washington DC
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Madison for a city its size has a lot going for it. Downtown area is pretty Urban and Capitol Hill adds a nice feeling to the city. I been to Madison two times and both times I was surprised how urban downtown felt. It is a very walkable city and a place for its size feels much more urban.
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Old 02-11-2010, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Well, Madison is certainly nicer. It has a more active downtown area (the University contributes to a lot to this) and does not really have any ghetto areas. Rochester has some nice areas and also some pockets of ghetto. Downtown Rochester is decent, but certainly not on Madison's level. All that being said, I would pick Rochester based on geographic location alone. To me living in New York would be far more interesting than Wisconsin, and you will be in proximity to more and better things for weekend trips. I also don't like how Madison is so oriented around the University. It's more than a college town, but a lot of what goes on in Madison is centered on the University and that would get old if you're not a student.
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Old 02-11-2010, 05:34 PM
 
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I guess that depends on what you are looking for in a city.

Rochester is a bigger MSA. The city has some small restaurant rows and gilded age cultural institutions. However, it is very suburban oriented w/o a vibrant hub.

Madison has more character and its downtown is pretty lively w/ retail and pedestrian activity.

Overall, I would say Madison is in better shape.

In terms of things to do, Rochester has more suburban amenities. However, if you want a more unique/pedestrian oriented environment, I would say Madison has the edge.

Both have pretty good natural attractions.
In Rochester, you would like the Park Avenue, Upper Monroe, Monroe Village and pretty much the Southeastern part of town. Can't forget Swillburg and South Wedge. Maybe parts of the 19th Ward and Maplewood too.

Park Avenue Rochester NY shops cafe restaurants
Upper Monroe Neighborhood Association | UMNA
About Monroe Village (http://monroevillage.org/aboutus.aspx - broken link)
Welcome to Swillburg!
South Wedge - Rochester Wiki
19th Ward - Rochester Wiki
Maplewood - Rochester Wiki

and more Rochester neighborhoods: http://rocwiki.org/Neighborhoods
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Old 02-11-2010, 06:14 PM
 
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I have to go with my hometown of Rochester here. It has many very underrated natural scenery such as the Genessee river gorge (with a beautiful 100 ft waterfall right downtown), Irondequoit Bay, the lake shore, Durand Eastman Park and more. It also has many good colleges like U of R, RIT, St John Fisher, Nazereth and SUNY Brockport. Very nice cultural amentities for a city its size as well.

Madison is a very nice city with the great U of Wisconsin there and good culture as well
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