Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Mystery Why Fort Worth Is Not One Of The Top Ten Best Places To Live In America

This particular blog post is sort of yet one more iteration of something I see in a west coast online news source, usually the Seattle Times, about something I would not be expecting to be reading in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram about something related to Fort Worth.

No, I am not referring to the illustrative photo from the Seattle Times article showing part of the downtown Seattle skyline, with the iconic Space Needle, and Mount Rainier in the background, as something one would not expect to see in Fort  Worth.

Because, well, even though Fort Worth does not have much of a downtown skyline, nor any sort of iconic symbol.

Or a mountain hovering in the distance.

What I am referring to as something I would not expect to see in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which I saw today in the Seattle Times, is an article about some legit entity naming Fort Worth as one of the top ten best places to live in the United States.

The legit entity in this case is U.S. News & World Report.

The rankings are based on migration, desirability, quality of life, “value” and job-market health, using U.S. Census Bureau data to compare income and cost of living to show how comfortably people could live within their means. along with crime statistics, health-care rankings and education rankings to measure the quality of life.

The rankings were also a bit of a popularity contest with U.S. News & World Report polling people all over America as to where they were most interested in living.

Sort of surprising Fort Worth did not rank high due to that popularity contest part of the survey, what with, you know, how Fort Worth regularly causing cities and towns, far and wide, to be Green with Envy over something in Fort Worth.

A Texas town, other than Fort Worth, did make this top ten list, coming in at #1 as the best place to live in the United States.


These type rankings always seem a little bit goofy.

San Jose? I have been all over California, seeing many places in that state that would be a great place to live. But, San Jose? I have zero memory of anything about San Jose.

Des  Moines? Fayetteville? The rest on the list I have some awareness of.

I think Austin would be a mighty fine town  to live in. Except for being so close to all that mountain cedar pollen. That and the traffic.

If Fort Worth's Trinity River Central City Uptown Panther City District Vision ever becomes something America can see, and no longer America's Biggest Boondoggle, I'm sure Fort Worth will zoom right up to the top ten of any list measuring the best places to live in America....


Steve A said...

That's a FAKE shot of Seattle. While the photo caption admits it is Mount Baker in the background, there's no way you could get EITHER Mount Baker or Mount Rainier in any shot across Elliott Bay in the way the photo shows. To get Mount Rainier from the spot where the camera sat, you'd have to look nearly 90 degrees to the right. To get Mount Baker (unlikely from West Seattle), you'd have to look about 75 degrees to the left. Seattle's skyline is attractive enough to not need fake Mountains in the background! The Cascades are hanging their heads in shame about being Photoshopped out...

Steve A said...

Actually, that COULD be a view of Mount Baker, on a really rare, completely clear day. Even from Everett, Mount Baker is rarely so clear in any background.

Durango said...

Steve A---- When I saw that photo I knew some poetic license was being taken, as in there is no way that view of the Space Needle from Elliot Bay would have Mount Rainier in the background. I did not realize til you caused me to look again that the mountain was not Rainier, but was the Washington volcano I grew up most familiar with, Mount Baker. If I remember right I have been at the Space Needle observation deck and was able to see Mount Baker way in the distance. But, no amount of zooming would get that view from sea level on Elliot Bay. Those zoomed views of the Seattle skyline with Mount Rainier looking so close is confusing for tourists. I remember being on the ferry to Bainbridge Island with my two oldest nephews on the day the Kurt Cobain suicide was the big news. A totally cloudy, socked in day. We had two different tourist groups ask if we were local and if we could point to where Mount Rainier would be if the sky were clear.