Rochester, NY is my comeback city.
I live in South Florida, but make it a point to travel to Rochester and surrounding area every year. It started out as a friendly visit to a friend's place, but now I actually enjoy going there and exploring.
What I have noticed over the years is that Rochester is a city on the rise, slowly, but making a comeback nevertheless. Over the last 17 years I have noticed that newer buildings, stadiums, and businesses are moving into the area, thus generating more activity downtown. Anyone traveling there for the first time might get a little depressed and wonder what on earth they are doing there, but if you travel to Rochester with an open mind and do a little research you will find that there is a lot to do and enjoy in the area. Heck, I had the best BBQ of my life there for crying out loud!
After driving through some of the wealthier neighborhoods I harken back to a time when this place must have been the epicenter of weath and prosperity. Streets are lined with mansions with big yards and long driveways. These were the homes of executives from Kodak and Xerox, for instance. The streets and subways must have just been teeming with people to and fro. Now, Kodak is just killing itself over and over and Xerox ain't what it used to be. The subway is now a hangout for the homeless and drug users. But that can change and I see signs of it everywhere with the new ball parks, restaurants, High Falls area, townhouses, and grocery stores. Even internet server powerhouse Earthlink has moved in. You can point your finger at a lot of people for the decline, but in the end, the city has just got to re-invent itself and fix the problems. The effort is there and you can see it everywhere. These guys just haven't given up.