Monday, August 8, 2016


The inspiration for this site was based in the huge discrepancy between the suboptimal perception of Rochester outside the region and the enriching life that graces (many) Rochesterians.  Further motivation came from Rochester's self-deprecating nature which at times comes dangerously close to self-loathing.  While self-deprecation can be endearing, self-loathing can actually be self-fulfilling and ultimately jeopardize the region's future.

In any event, there are many in Rochester who understand the area's charm and immense potential.  It is always nice to have this sentiment validated by outside sources.  The Culture Trip is a United Kingdom-based tech company/website that describes itself as showcasing "the best art, culture, food and travel for every country in the world."  A global community of artists contributes to its remarkably broad content.  Buried on its website is a list of The 15 Most Underrated US Cities You Should Visit.  Granted, the list is not based in scientific methodology and seems to represent the opinion of one well-traveled author who happened to study in Ithaca.  That said, given that it includes Rochester and Buffalo, we will accept it as truth.  Here is the list of cities in order of appearance:

  • Rochester, NY
  • Buffalo, NY
  • Portland, ME
  • Madison, WI
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Missoula, MT
  • St. Louis, MO 
  • Omaha, NE
  • Nashville, TN
  • Savannah, GA
  • Louisville, KY
  • Asheville, NC
  • San Diego, CA
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Albuquerque, NM

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