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March 28, 2012


Matt Lombard

I was planning on responding by saying that Troy was just a bad example of Upstate, and that Californians always find Upstate depressing, but then I thought about it, and I guess the rest of the state is much the same. Rochester was a great city, but Kodak has fallen on hard times, and Rochester follows Kodak. Rochester still has some of the best cultural (music and photography) stuff you'll find anywhere. Buffalo and Syracuse have been bleak for a long time. It has been a long time since Binghamton was shiny and new. Albany is the state capital. Jamestown is close enough to Ohio you can smell it. Corning is one city in NY I can think of where things aren't as bleak.

You might venture a few hours north to the Adirondaks to find places unaffected by time, boom, or bust. You would like Lake Placid. Active, quaint, and you'd get a kick out of the local accent. If you get a day free, it would be one place worth going. It's very close to home for me.



Wish I had known you were right across the river in Troy. I would have been happy to direct you to some of the more aesthetically pleasant areas in the Capital District for your run.

Many cities in the Hudson Valley peaked in the 19th century and early 20th century. At one point Troy was one of the most prosperous cities in the US.

Sorry you didn't get to experience the nicer parts of this area, there are many.

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