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Old 06-18-2010, 07:45 AM
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Does anyone know anything about this city?

How is nightlife?
How lively is Downtown?
Are there good urban living options? (Minimal or no car use)
What is the singles scene like?
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Old 06-18-2010, 02:40 PM
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I don't really partake of the nightlife but from what I hear, but I do not really hear negative things about it. Can't really say about the singles scene as I have pretty much just married friends. but with the UM Rochester here and other colleges/universities offering programs here, I imagine there are lots of singles.

Downtown is nice. I think one can easily get by without using a car. there's a lot of different transportation options if needed too. I know there are several places to live (rent or buy) within walking distance of downtown.

Rochester is very much a larger (and by no means am I comparing to huge metropolitans by any means) city but has a small town feel about it. there may not be the options and experiences on a grand scale, but it's there.
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Old 06-20-2010, 01:15 AM
Location: Moved to Gladstone, MO in June 2022 and back to Minnesota in September 2022
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Rochester is growing fast and is truly a fantastic city, probably the best outside of the twin cities, definitely better then St. Cloud
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Old 06-22-2010, 09:05 AM
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Rochester doesn't have what I would call a vibrant downtown yet, but it has been making progress over the past 3-4 years. The city continues to plan for its future and I think it has a chance to create something that will bring more people downtown. Unfortunately, this isn't happening as fast as some would like.

If Mayo Clinic and the greater business community is willing to fund a significant portion of the development, this can succeed. If not, it will fall prey to those who live in the corn fields and believe everyone else should want to live there too. They won't be willing to pay a dime for it.

That said, here are some exciting plans that the business community is supporting to improve downtown.

Postbulletin.com: Rochester, MN

Postbulletin.com: Photos and Images from Rochester, MN

Here is some additional info on the overall plan.

Downtown Rochester Master Plan - Home
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