Sunday, March 13, 2016

Asking Too Much

Rochester, as evidenced by the data, offers:

Despite this difficult-to-replicate resume, we have a tendency to demand more.  Obviously, requesting a more vibrant downtown is extremely reasonable and essentially mandatory for the success of the region.  But beyond that, other overheard requests include:
  • Neiman Marcus
  • Chinese food on par with Chinatown in San Francisco, where 21% of residents are of Chinese ethnicity.
  • Mexican food options available in El Paso, Texas, which is as close to being in Mexico without actually being in Mexico as possible.
  • Double or triple the number of watering holes, as might be found in regions with double or triple the population.
While no one would reject these items should they appear, one has to wonder if we are asking too much? These desires may be the equivalent of:
  • Expecting a $600-per-month one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan.
  • Expecting a 10-minute commute in Washington, D.C.
  • Expecting 70-degree weather in January in Chicago.
  • Expecting people in Kentucky to appreciate science (my wife is from there so it's all good).

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