It's known that the gap between reality and what's perceived can be a very wide space at times. In the case of Rochester, we city nerds (and fans!) can sense this disparity like we know a good breakfast at Jines. But just like Freakonomics, Soccernomics, and Moneyballproved inrecent years, there's fruit in looking more closely at the data that supports (or disproves!) all the commotion.
This is exactly what local author and physician Amol Shrikhande does in his new book titled, Rochesternomics: Why, Statistically Speaking, You Should Live in Rochester, NY. We can't express how elated we are when really smart people justify with data why we started this very website, why we would choose to live in this city, and why we even LOVE (much less LIKE) to call Rochester home.
We don't want to ruin it for everyone, so you'll just have to shell out $8.99 for a new copy or $5 and some change for a used copy of your own here. And while we were going to list all the great things that the data has uncovered about our city, we don't even feel like we need to defend Rochester against any of the naysayers, because we already know its value.
With that said, Rochester can be seen as a soft-spoken, confident little brother to New York City. In fact, in the book Shrikhande made the perfect tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman and compliment to Rochester when he said, "Hoffman, who avoided the limelight, was the perfect embodiment of the metro area: no glitz, all substance."
Get a copy and read. Learn more on Shrikande's website, The Rochester Phenomenon.