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Old 08-01-2013, 12:03 AM
 
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Greetings to all,

After going through multiple forum posts on this website regarding the city of Rochester, I wanted create my own posting as I felt there were not reflective of me and my needs. In any event, I am curious learn more about the city and the way it is viewed through the eyes of both short and long time residents.

Reason being is that I will be visiting the city on a business trip where I will be also seeking out employment. Just to briefly familiarize you with my background I am a young professional male in my late 20s who has lived in various cities throughout the state of Michigan with the Detroit area being my hometown. I have also visited my share of cities over the course of the year with Chicago IL, Columbus OH, and Indianapolis being my most recent adventures. Needless to say I am a Midwestern boy through and through as I enjoy my four seasons but also my city living. While I have visited a few cities in the region I have never had to the opportunity to visit Minnesota and certainly not Rochester so I am very curious about the area especially the way the community/city views diversity (I am a person of color by the way), and whether someone like myself would find the city appealing on social level.

Also, being from a big city public services such as transit are important to me especially as I am looking to cut costs with gas and car maintenance so I am curious to know how the busing system works in Rochester.

Lastly, being that Minneapolis is 90 minutes away is there some sort of shuttle or bus that travels directly into the city?

I realize that I have asked a multitude of questions, but any help offered would be greatly appreciated. Perhaps I will provide an update upon my return from my business trip next week!
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Old 08-01-2013, 04:54 AM
 
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Rochester is full of young professionals with the Mayo Clinic and IBM in town.

There is a pretty extensive bus system in Rochester given the size of town that you should be able to utilized.

I know there are shuttles that go back and forth to the MSP Airport, not sure about directly into Minneapolis but you could take the airport shuttle and then catch the light rail into Minneapolis if you did not want to drive.
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Old 08-01-2013, 10:12 AM
 
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There is a great deal of diversity in Rochester so you shouldn't have a problem in regard to that. Lots of young professionals here, and that will not change as the city continues to grow.

The city buses are a little weird. They don't run all the time, at least not on all routes. Some routes they generally just run in the mornings and evenings for people who ride it for work. It would all depend on where you live. There are biking/walking paths around too, though, so that could be an option as well. You could always focus on finding a place to live within walking distance of your job as well.

Jefferson Lines offers bus service that goes to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. There are multiple stops in the Cities, including several in Minneapolis. The rates are pretty reasonable IMO. There is also at least 1 if not 2 shuttle services that go to the airport.

Mayo Clinic is working on growing and growing the city. I think this will increase the desirability of the city to young professionals. There are several good restaurants/bars downtown, but maybe not as much as a young professional is looking for. But the food is good, the atmosphere is good, and someday there will be more.

Good luck in your decision making!
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Old 08-01-2013, 02:34 PM
 
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Would be nice if they could replace IBM with something more future-oriented.
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Old 08-01-2013, 03:03 PM
 
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Would be nice if they could replace IBM with something more future-oriented.
Rumors are IBM will be gone within 2 years from Roch so maybe something more future oriented will come here.
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Old 08-01-2013, 03:19 PM
 
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Well, plus, there might be a FEW IBMers who've had some breakout ideas who will develop them and start new companies. I think Rochester and MN state government should look at a way to incubate those possibilities. Maybe Dayton could go on a "secret jobs mission" to Rochester!
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Old 08-04-2013, 02:38 PM
 
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Cool Cost of Living and Neighborhoods

Thanks to everyone that provided insight about the city and its various offerings. I will be visiting the city next week for three days on business and I will be stationed near the downtown area. So my question is(hypothecially speaking of course), if one were to relocate to the city what areas do you recommend living (I value affordability but also my safety, lol) and how is the cost of living?

Lastly, what are some of the flagship grocery stores and supermarkets in the area? Perhaps I will provide another update upon my return from the city.

Thanks!
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Old 08-04-2013, 02:51 PM
 
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Thanks to everyone that provided insight about the city and its various offerings. I will be visiting the city next week for three days on business and I will be stationed near the downtown area. So my question is(hypothecially speaking of course), if one were to relocate to the city what areas do you recommend living (I value affordability but also my safety, lol) and how is the cost of living?

Lastly, what are some of the flagship grocery stores and supermarkets in the area? Perhaps I will provide another update upon my return from the city.

Thanks!
Cub Foods, I think there is a Hy-Vee?? and Whole Foods are probably the "big" ones there.

I'm going to venture a guess that if you are from the Detroit area that you won't find a single neighborhood in Rochester that fees unsafe to you. There are a few not so nice areas but you will be able to spot those as you drive through the area. For the most part, Rochester is very safe.
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Old 08-04-2013, 02:53 PM
 
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Thanks to everyone that provided insight about the city and its various offerings. I will be visiting the city next week for three days on business and I will be stationed near the downtown area. So my question is(hypothecially speaking of course), if one were to relocate to the city what areas do you recommend living (I value affordability but also my safety, lol) and how is the cost of living?

Lastly, what are some of the flagship grocery stores and supermarkets in the area? Perhaps I will provide another update upon my return from the city.

Thanks!
South Minneapolis a few blocks from the river is very affordable and very safe. You don't want right on the river. Those houses are premium. But get west of 46th and things start getting more reasonable.
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Old 08-04-2013, 06:19 PM
 
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South Minneapolis a few blocks from the river is very affordable and very safe. You don't want right on the river. Those houses are premium. But get west of 46th and things start getting more reasonable.
It's kind of a hike from Rochester to South Minneapolis though
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