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Old 12-04-2009, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Meridianville, AL
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Forbes has named Huntsville, Alabama the #9 Smartest City in the world. Another great accolade thanks to the residents who make our community so special.

In Pictures: The World's Smartest Cities - No. 9: Huntsville, Ala. - Forbes.com
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Old 12-04-2009, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Alabama!
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But can our engineers tie their shoelaces??
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Old 12-04-2009, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Rocket City USA
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But can our engineers tie their shoelaces??
Shoelaces? We invent shoes that don't need no stinkin' shoelaces!
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Old 12-04-2009, 03:41 PM
 
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There are days that I seriously doubt this ranking...

...and I think the proper question is can they FIND their shoes and do they realize when they aren't on?
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Old 12-04-2009, 04:14 PM
 
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The article places a high value on city planning - for that we can thank 'The General'...
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Old 12-05-2009, 07:58 AM
 
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The article places a high value on city planning - for that we can thank 'The General'...
There was a plan when they developed University Dr and the Parkway???
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Old 12-05-2009, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Forbes has named Huntsville, Alabama the #9 Smartest City in the world. Another great accolade thanks to the residents who make our community so special.

In Pictures: The World's Smartest Cities - No. 9: Huntsville, Ala. - Forbes.com
Hee hee. Gotta love this type of ranking. So, uhh, if Forbes is in a position to make such a claim, wouldn't their offices (or at least the author) be in the smartest city??? Otherwise, how are they smart enough to make the determination?

I had to burst a similar bubble in the Vermont forum, where it got named the smartest state. A large part of the criteria was how much each resident was taxed for schools.

I'm not quite sure of the audience for an article like the one cited. I had just had my coffee and was snoring a few paragraphs into it. The author must write those geography books that get sent to high schools so that students will fall asleep rather than act out.

For those who missed the big mention:
Further inland, Huntsville, Ala., has long had a "smart" core to its economy--a legacy of its critical role in the NASA ballistic missile program. Today the area's traditional emphasis on aerospace has been joined by bold moves into such fields as biotechnology. Kiplinger recently ranked the area's economy No. 1 in the nation.
(Keeper, I'm critiquing the article, I claim fair use of the quote)
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Old 12-05-2009, 08:51 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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NASA ballistic missile program.
NASA has ballistic missile program???
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Old 12-05-2009, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Hey,they whammed that thing into the moon didn't they? Doesn't that count?

We could also question Huntsville being "inland" since ocean access is as close as the river.

It is getting frightening watching the demise of newspapers, magazines, and even tv media. I happened to tune into CNN the other night and was rewarded by hearing the talent reading off opinions about the news from emails and blogs. Gee, if I wanted opinions rather than news I wouldn't have clicked on a news channel.
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