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Old 02-07-2011, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Clovis Strong, NM
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Seems like CA and FL un-doings are the atypical housing and unemployment issues.
Everywhere else on the list seems to be mainly crime.

The way I see it, they need to be a little more specific about what crime and whom it is inflicted upon.
If it's two separate gangs or drug-lords spending brass on each other, then that's something I wouldn't be too concerned about.
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Old 02-07-2011, 10:05 PM
 
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I think they're flawed, but why do Forbes lists seem to get so much anger/criticism on this site? Even lists that are based on the subjective opinion of a select group seem to get less criticism than Forbes, so that makes me think "Forbes' methodology is flawed" is not really the explanation. That it's something else.

Is it that Forbes has a different view of what qualifies as "good" or "bad" in cities/towns than you do? I know they seem to value population growth, low unemployment, and low crime. People here seem to value population density, public transportation, "color", and other aesthetics. They might be looking more at people with money and children. You guys often seem to be looking more at what's good for single or divorced people. Is it something like that? Or is it just that they have so many dang ads to get to their page.

Addendum: I'm not a sportsperson so I might agree with you on their list this time. I couldn't care less if a town has no good teams.
Their regional and political biases make for predictable lists that don't seem all that informative.

And, as you mentioned, the sports angle is just dumb. No matter how big a fan you are, that's no way to measure a city. Maybe that's meant to be a joke; if so, I didn't catch it.
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Old 02-08-2011, 06:55 AM
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Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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They need to combine that slide show with this this one. The 10 Happiest Cities To Work In America - Forbes.com
They could just call it "Great places to work, but you wouldn't want to live there"

Places that made both list: Memphis, Jacksonville, DC, and Miami
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Old 02-08-2011, 07:01 AM
 
Location: The City
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They need to combine that slide show with this this one. The 10 Happiest Cities To Work In America - Forbes.com
They could just call it "Great places to work, but you wouldn't want to live there"

Places that made both list: Memphis, Jacksonville, DC, and Miami
Well maybe a new list for these, most bipolar

Just kind of shows that forbes is interesting but maybe not really relevant
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Old 02-08-2011, 01:09 PM
 
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wow, looks like that actually got it right for once
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Old 02-08-2011, 07:27 PM
 
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They need to combine that slide show with this this one. The 10 Happiest Cities To Work In America - Forbes.com
They could just call it "Great places to work, but you wouldn't want to live there"

Places that made both list: Memphis, Jacksonville, DC, and Miami
So apprently those are great places to work, but you'll be a miserable angry bastard on your commute and when you get home...

Okay, Forbes...you might want to start doublechecking what cities you're throwing on your lists.
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Old 02-08-2011, 10:28 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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I can't stand those Forbes polls, they are so stupid and baseless. As if a major league sports team were not winning in my hometown would somehow compromise my quality of life. OK, whatever. It might be an amusing read if they polled how many people are using anti-depressants per capita in these cities, but even that wouldn't hold water.
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