Here's a breaking news story you won't see anywhere else in Utah. We constantly read in local media, ad nauseam, how Salt Lake, Park City or Provo have made a "best" list. Such as: best place to live, raise kids, start a business, ride a bike, be gay, jump-start a car, etc.
Now, Bloomberg-Businessweek just published their definitive list of 50 best cities. FIFTY!
Guess who didn't make the cut? Salt Lake, Park City and Provo.
OK, it's fair that San Francisco ranks No. 1 and Seattle, No. 2. But are Utah's finest burgs crummier places to live than Omaha, Cleveland, Scottsdale, Oakland, Reno and Lincoln, Neb.?
Damn Tulsa made it at No. 38 and they don't even wear shoes there.
In short: You gotta be kidding Biz Week!
This is how they judged it:
Businessweek.com’s second America’s Best Cities ranking. With assistance from Bloomberg Rankings, Businessweek.com evaluated 100 of the country’s largest cities based on leisure attributes (the number of restaurants, bars, libraries, museums, professional sports teams, and park acres by population); educational attributes (public school performance, the number of colleges, and graduate degree holders), economic factors (2011 income and June and July 2012 unemployment), crime, and air quality. Major professional league and minor league teams, as well as U.S.-based teams belonging to international leagues in that city were included. The greatest weighting was placed on leisure amenities, followed by educational metrics and economic metrics, and then crime and air quality. The data come from Onboard Informatics, except for park acreage, which comes from the Trust for Public Land.
OK, our air quality sucks and our Legislature is striving to cover anything green in concrete—but Lincoln, Neb., for cripes sakes! They don't even have a pro sports team or a mountain and no one can find that hamlet on a map.
We got a big-assed lake!