- City A has a population of 193,792 and is located in a metro area with a population of 1,027,703. It can see around 75 inches of snow per year, and over 200 days per year have at least 80% cloud cover. The New York Times describes it as "a creative community" with "a confluence of urban revival and arts funding." Highlights worth noting are a downtown market (that does look really nice) and a tasty barbecue joint. Over 40 craft breweries line the city's ale trail.
- City B has a population of 179,154 (down from a peak of 253,504) and is located in a metro area with a population of 1,609,367. It boasts a solid winter, though not quite to the same level as city A. It is described as having a "bearded liberalness and ever-rising food scene." About an hour away is located a new culinary center that offers "competitive-style" cooking classes.
If you haven't guessed, City A is Grand Rapids, Michigan, and City B is Providence, Rhode Island. What is the point? Rochester has all the ingredients to be a legitimate destination. All that is required is ongoing downtown development and perhaps an attitude rearrangement.