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Old 04-12-2018, 11:12 AM
 
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The best cities are usually the one with plentiful jobs, and both population growth and technology are shorthand ways to measure health of a city’s future.

Incidentally Raleigh came in 13th.
I did say "rapid" population growth, which can cause a huge strain on local infrastructure and spike housing costs in relatively stable neighborhoods. We should be measuring how a city handles these issues. Austin, for example, has few alternatives to driving. As a result, traffic is obscene for a city/metro of its size.

Technology for the sake of technology isn't necessarily a good thing. Do you really think having a cashier-free Amazon grocery store is great for our economy? Not everything should be automated. We're killing human interaction.
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Old 04-12-2018, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Mars City
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I did say "rapid" population growth, which can cause a huge strain on local infrastructure and spike housing costs in relatively stable neighborhoods. We should be measuring how a city handles these issues. Austin, for example, has few alternatives to driving. As a result, traffic is obscene for a city/metro of its size.
That's important for people to realize. Just because a place is a "hot location" with lots of hype and attention, doesn't mean it's a smart choice. Mobility and traffic flow are very important too. If you're stuck in traffic for insane amounts of time, quality of life goes downhill.

Austin never planned for the numbers of people that are there now, so they are very much behind the wheel of progress. Also, everything there is very compressed, so the options for expanding are limited. They're also more expensive than if the planning had been there originally. It's a different story in Denver. That city (and nearby areas) have room to expand, but there's an adversity to spending money on it. In the city as well as on nearby interstates, the mood is "If we put in the money to widen roads, it will just mean more people moving here, and it will make matters worse for us all. It's better to just stifle the flow and use that as a way of limiting growth". Never mind that people waste ridiculous amounts of personal time every day fighting the mess.
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Old 04-12-2018, 11:59 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Just more click bait for selling advertising by US N&RP...always pointless lists.
The new American Dream seems to include skiing, lattes, SXSW and other music venues. This list is only for rich white people, right? Is there a list anywhere for average people trying to manage a family in a reasonable COL city with decent schools and work opportunities and with affordable housing and reasonable commutes? I didn't think so...
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Old 04-12-2018, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Northeast states
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Just more click bait for selling advertising by US N&RP...always pointless lists.
The new American Dream seems to include skiing, lattes, SXSW and other music venues. This list is only for rich white people, right? Is there a list anywhere for average people trying to manage a family in a reasonable COL city with decent schools and work opportunities and with affordable housing and reasonable commutes? I didn't think so...
Charlotte, Phoenix, Raleigh, Grand Rapids was on list
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Old 04-12-2018, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in the lower 48.
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Here's the list:
  1. Austin
  2. Colorado Springs
  3. Denver
  4. Des Moines
  5. Fayetteville AR
  6. Portland OR
  7. Huntsville AL
  8. Washington
  9. MSP
  10. Seattle
  11. Nashville
  12. Grand Rapids
  13. RDU
  14. San Antonio
  15. Salt Lake City
  16. Madison
  17. San Jose
  18. DFW
  19. Phoenix
  20. San Francisco
  21. Lexington KY
  22. Charlotte
  23. Boise
  24. Asheville
  25. Boston

https://realestate.usnews.com/real-e...live-in-the-us
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Old 04-12-2018, 07:44 PM
 
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I've never understood the fixation on tech startups. Lots of other sectors can create jobs, including jobs supported by money from outside the existing local economy. And why focus on start-ups vs. companies at other stages in their evolution...like when they go from 100 workers to 1,000, or 10,000?

The answer: it's easy. There are good third-party lists regarding venture capital. So it's a good fit for every half-assed list.
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Old 04-12-2018, 08:40 PM
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Des Moines, Twin Cities, Boise... all maybe.
The rest, just no.
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Old 04-12-2018, 08:45 PM
 
Location: The Pacific Northwest
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What a weird list. Huntsville, Alabama, is the 7th best city in 2018? For whom, exactly?

I really hate lists that mix major and minor league cities.
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Old 04-12-2018, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Point Loma, San Diego, CA
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These lists are always hilariously pointless. Always the super-vague captions like "jobs, tech scene, etc." I remember one that had Riverside as one of the coolest cities in the country. Putting the Denvers and Austins at the top of the list is incredibly predictable to the point of being bot-like.
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Old 04-12-2018, 08:54 PM
 
Location: Greenville SC 'Waterfall City'
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Huntsville is one of the top engineering / science cities in the country with NASA and department of defense having installations there. Reasonable cost of living, commute times, and mild winters.

I would rather live there than rainy Seattle.
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