Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Oh, The Places You'll Go

A friend just sent me a piece in the NY Post listing "The 15 best places to live in the US."  Drumroll, please:

1.   Bozeman, Montana
2.   Bellevue, Washington
3.   Charlottesville, Virginia
4.   Long Beach, California
5.   Denver, Colorado
6.   Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
7.   Ann Arbor, Michigan
8.   Bend, Oregon
9.   Minneapolis, Minnesota
10. Lexington, Massachusetts
11. Asheville, North Carolina
12. Hoboken, New Jersey
13. Portland, Maine
14. Nashville, Tennessee
15. Cleveland, Ohio

You see these sorts of lists all the time, but it's often hard to figure out the criteria.  Lists that are specific--lowest crime, best climate, cheapest rents--they're easy to understand. But this grab bag seems pretty bizarre.

I've been to most of these places and, as nice as some of them are, I don't get it.  For instance, #1, Bozeman.  A pleasant place in many ways, but remote and awfully cold in the winter. (Warm weather is not a factor on this list.)

Or Long Beach.  That's a place I usually tell friends to avoid when they visit out here.  Has it improved lately?

Then there's Philadelphia.  For years it was a punch line for comedians, but I guess it's gone up in estimation.  But it's a big place with well over a million people.  Some spots are wonderful, but a lot of it you wouldn't even want to drive through.

It's nice to see Ann Arbor on the list.  It's one of my favorite places, but you better like the atmosphere of a college town.

And what of Hoboken? The main thing about it is it's easy to catch the train into Manhattan.  So is that why you live somewhere--because you can go somewhere else?  True, the place is relatively cheap.  One of the reasons it's so cheap is because you're not living where the action is.

I liked seeing Portland, Maine on the list.  I haven't spent much time there, but it's a nice burn on the other Portland, which so many think is hip. (In fact, the hipper cities, like Seattle, San Francisco, etc. didn't make this list.)

I've enjoyed the short stays I've spent in Nashville, but I don't love country music.  Is that legal there?

Finally, we get Cleveland.  The Mistake By The Lake.  I know there are some very nice areas in Cleveland, as there are in any city of some size.  But one of the selling points they mention is that median house prices are $60,000.  If that's the measure of a best place to live, then I suggest they drive up the road a piece and move to my hometown of Detroit.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The second picture is from Ann Arbor. Where are the rest from?

12:41 AM, September 20, 2016  
Blogger ColumbusGuy said...

I don't know, but I like that the first one had to be an architect's rendering. It's a place that doesn't exist yet.

2:46 AM, September 20, 2016  
Anonymous Denver Guy said...

My brother and family are getting out of Long Beach - moving to Orange County. It seems nice enough when I visit, but not the place to raise children.

9:53 AM, September 20, 2016  
Blogger LAGuy said...

Long Beach is actually a pretty big place, with about half a million people. Some parts are fine, but others you better watch out.

The pictures pretty much line up with the text. The first is Bozeman, the second Ann Arbor, the third Long Beach and the fourth Portland.

10:07 AM, September 20, 2016  
Blogger New England Guy said...

Lexington no longer has a bookstore and there is not a lot in Lexington center. The battle green is nice though

Portland ME bars seem to treat bar fights as a feature.

My two cents. Seem like fine places otherwise

11:48 AM, September 20, 2016  
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