Respondents to a Post-Bulletin reader poll conceded that Rochester is boring, but many didn't like outsiders saying that. The results:
Edina legislator Ron Erhardt described Rochester as boring in debate over Mayo Clinic's Destination Medical Center proposal. Your reaction?
He's right: 148
He's wrong: 90
Rochester might be boring, but Edina is worse: 164
Some of the comments:
Kelly Paz Soldán: The only people who find Rochester boring are people who are themselves, indeed, boring.
Donald Lewis: Yes Yes Yes!!!! Living in Philadelphia, New York City and Las Vegas in the past then moving here has been quite the culture shock! This town has some good things going for it, but needs so much more. An improved civic center and convention space would help as well as a large student base to help with diversity. I now proudly call Rochester home, but it is definitely boring!
Mike Schnell: Frankly, what does it matter? People are coming to the Mayo Clinic and we are looking for ways to grow not only Rochester but the State of Minnesota as a whole. The egotism of Twin Cities legislators is, at times, completely appalling.
Nancy Keech Graumann: Well, then. I must be boring! I've lived here for 13 years and outside of hearing sirens, if you don't have a lot of money to do things, life is pretty boring here!! I don't think we need DMC here. Mayo is top heavy already.
Jdub Maggie: I just lived almost 13 years in out state MN, Rochester is not boring. Maybe Ron Erhardt should have more of an imagination! You think hard enough dear legislator you will find something to do. This town has been great for my family!
Wanda Zodrow: Its a great town lived here for 48 years never bored. Guess I dont need city government or federal to enterain me
Shannon Page Fohrman: Rochester could use some activities for people to do during weekday hours....I get asked all the time about what there is to do during the day...I always draw a blank
Brian Molly Willaert: "I'm bored' is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you've seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless; it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand? The fact that you're alive is amazing, so you don't get to say 'I'm bored." -Louis CK
John Bunch: The truth is that often, the cities that are "exciting" (New York, Paris, etc.). are expensive, dangerous, and not that great to live in. Great to visit, yes. Great to live in, no. If I had a house and family, I would much rather live in Rochester than in Paris or NY.