I've been around, lived in cities big and small all across the United States and I have to tell you, Rochester is special. I can't put my finger on it. Rochester is a city with a long history, prosperous at times, blessed by the the legacy of Eastman Kodak and it's founder. There are great institutions such as RPO, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, RIT. There are the great neighborhoods with distinct personalities and unexpected gems -- coffee houses, bars, restaurants, the public market. But most of all, it's the people. Rochesterians are like golden retrievers -- friendly, outgoing, a little dopey, but tons of fun. Here's my favorites list, in no particular order.