Bigger Picture, clearly you have never been outside the vast wasteland that Central NY has become. I have been in all 50 states, impoverished Caribbean islands, Brazil and Guyana, West Africa, China, Mexico and the old Soviet Union. I have seen poverty. Rome is not only a moribund economy, it is a depressing cultural death zone. Rome, plain and simple, sucks ass.
I'm on the road every other week. I've been to them all and Rome isn't even nearly as bad as most of the dark corners of any metropolis. it's the people. it's their piss poor attitudes. nothing is wrong with the city. it's all about a mentality shift and self empowerment. I don't know why the hatebreed toxicity is so venomous and everywhere around here, but it is. For no real reason. They thrive on wallowing in misery of themselves and others. Complaining they don't have any Turkey when they've got a ham under their arm.