Lonely Planet is a major travel guide, normally an excellent resource for travelers, does not even list Rochester in the USA destinations - see WordGuide USA and click on the Select Destinations pull down. Further, a search of their site results in only one hit and it is just a list of which airports someone has travel to - see Search for Rochester, NY.
The guide had the following to say about Rochester in their commentary on Western New York in their 2005 USA travel guide:
"The Erie Canal spawned a number of early industrial centers along its route between Albany and Buffalo. Tracing the canal is an alternative to the I-90 toll route, and a more interesting way to get to Niagara Falls, 430 miles northwest of New York City. Plus, the canal's towpaths are ideal for easy-going cycling trips. Unfortunately, two of the region's biggest cities, Syracuse and Rochester, don't really warrant visits. The cities, filled with chain motels, are a cultural void, and the food isn't great (Rochester's local specialty is the 'garbage plate, a pile of macaroni, beans, french fries and a hot dog.) 1
The guide's lack of knowledge about our city can't be entirely be blamed on their shortcomings. If this site existed a few years earlier, then perhaps they would have known better.
Notes and References
Preview of NY NJ, PA Guide - nothing about the Finger Lakes - only the Adirondacks and the Poconos.
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1741041252/ Amazon Current Edtion] - Note that the current edition of the New York State LP book actually has a couple pages on Rochester, and it is generally complimentary!
It is currently unknown whether or not Jan Wong, author of the Ferry Bad Place Article is affiliated with Lonely Planet travel guide.
- 12005 Contribution - may be quite outdated