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Friday, July 05, 2013

There's No Such Thing as UPSTATE New York

I absolutely detest the term "Upstate" New York. Most people in western New York State feel the same way. When the term "upstate" is used, what it really means is there is New York City and "everybody else." It's an "us and them" term. It's egotistical.

Now looking at the map you can see how egotistical that really is to the point of being absurd. New York City area is this little speck hanging off the bottom of the state like a wart. A wart, that if removed, would financially benefit the western part of the state. I'm all for separation.

No offense to the residents, it wasn't your choice either to get singled out. That's the politicians fault and the medias fault. It's not your fault they don't know what north, south, east and west is or the difference between up and down, left and right. 

Now I could maybe sort of understand the headiness of it if NYC was the state capital, but it's not. That would be Albany. That's a whole other post right there because they have no clue or understanding at all of the rural communities in Western NY. You know, I think we should lop them off too, split it off right at the Hudson River like it used to be before land expansion. I think on this side of the state we would be just fine. We know how to be frugal.


This is post #5 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge.
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  1. I never thought about the term "upstate New York." I'm not from the United States, so I didn't realize that the phrase had to do with the positioning of the rest of the state in relation to New York City. Interesting post! Personally, I dislike any geographical designations because we're all fellow humans on planet earth. All our boundaries and countries and other divisions are human-created, separation-based and egotistical, in my opinion.

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  2. I never understood it until you explain that it's everything outside of NYC. I always wondered why the western portion was upstate. Thank you for explaining.

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  3. hahaha!! As a native Buffalonian, I agree with you one billion percent! ;-D High five, Cindy!

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