Friday, February 19, 2010

20 Worst Cities... Great.

I'm the only daughter who made it out. While Austin is not surprisingly, not on the 20 Worst U.S. Cities ranking by Forbes Magazine, Kansas City is. And so is Chicago. Missouri managed to grab two spots on the Top Twenty with St. Louis ranking 7th worst (KC was 13th). Only Ohio proved worse than Missouri with 3/20 worst cities being located in that state.

I will note, in defense of Kansas City, that Forbes' criteria took into account nothing to do with art: music venues, museums, theaters, local speciality shops, etc. Rather they focused on, "unemployment, taxes (both sales and income), commute times, violent crime and how [a city's] pro sports teams have fared over the past two years. We also factored in... weather and Superfund pollution sites. Lastly we considered corruption based on convictions of public officials in each area.... Any area with a population of more than 245,000 was eligible."

Um, so yeah, that'll put KCMO on the top twenty worst cities in the U.S. They called our TWO pro-sports teams, "awful."


Click here if you want to see the rest of the cities and what terrible criteria they blew out of the water. And make a mental note not to move there...

1 comment:

Amy said...

Barack Obama. Michelle Obama. Hot dogs. the Cubs. The lake. Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Adventures in Babysitting. Batman. Frank Lloyd Wright. Lollapalooza. The art institute. the aquarium. Millennium park. navy pier. chicago public radio and this american life. vince vaughn, tina fey, michael jordan. Forbes can suck it.