this is probably as good a description of upstate new york as i have read. it is an absolutely beautiful place- naturally speaking- but as for humans- not so much. the small cities and towns that used to look like mayberry in the 1930' through the 1960's- well, let's just say that nothing was really built here since. no, that's not true- the strip malls and mcmansions on the hills were constructed- but mostly it looks old and tired. like folks gave up. i think that there was a saying a long time ago- 'rode hard and put away wet' well, that describes upstate new york.
you know- the place where hillary clinton allegedly lives? the place she conveniently conducted a listening tour of in 2000 and hasn't been back to since because she gets her love from the clintonistas.
new york is a beautiful state but it is no different than any other state these days. everywhere you look- the orgy is coming to an end. we didn't prioritize the important stuff- infrastructure and investing in our communities in meaningful ways- instead focusing on hedonistic, consumeristic pleasures. we were on a binge- and now, we are crashing down from our high and realizing that we have to get back into reality. cold turkey.