an article in New York Magazine a couple years ago. I was fascinated to see my hometown, Binghamton NY, covered in such an emotionally exciting way. Most of the coverage you see about these parts of upstate New York are about the ongoing struggles of survival: an economic depression since the 1980s has ravaged this rural-industrial and robbed it of the resources it needs to grow again. Luckily, it wasn't terribly affected by the burst of housing bubble--because it never saw the rise in value in the first place. It's the seventh cloudiest city in the country, something that is not lost on its residents and their mood.