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Old 09-22-2015, 04:08 PM
Location: Corpus Christi
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This is one of those enigmas. Certainly Corpus isn't the worst city. But I'm not sure I agree with any metric that has us as the 6th best either. Thoughts?
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Old 09-22-2015, 07:20 PM
Location: San Antonio
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As excited as I would like to get with all of the Texas cities near the top, I have to wonder about the methodology which puts bankrupt Detroit at number 14.
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Old 09-23-2015, 09:15 AM
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If Corpus Christi is one of the best run cities in America, it makes me feel really sorry for the rest of the country.
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Old 09-23-2015, 11:23 AM
Location: St Thomas, USVI - Seattle, WA - Gulf Coast, TX
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If you look into the way they defined the metrics, it's a load of crap. "ROI" for parks equalled the actual acreage of park lands in the city, divided by expense for parks. So a city can have 1000 acres of barren land that is designated as a "park", the city spends $2 to maintain it, and they win the blue ribbon for ROI. Yes, I know I'm speaking in hyperbole here, but you get the idea.

The "ROI" for education factors in poverty/income levels in such a way as to buffer the ROI (education expenditures vs. test scores) if students perform poorer than other, richer cities. Kind of pointless... Additionally, only grades 4 and 8 test scores were even looked at, and those grades were looked at only in a very small capacity.

Similarly, the police expenditure ROI factors poverty and unemployment into its expenditures vs. crime per capita in a way that buffers the outcome. It's not a simple expenditure for police vs. crime per capita. They qualify the results in such a way that it just doesn't play out accurately.

The whole point of the article focuses on "efficiency" but totally glosses over quality. Which is better? A city that "efficiently" runs its parks with less money per acre, or a city that has fantastic, usable parks that can be genuinely enjoyed by the community? Etc., etc. All of that, aside from the fact that the article bases ratings on only these three areas of government expense, makes it very short-sighted.

Anyway, it's a bad article. No offense to Corpus, or even an opinion on it all (other than agreement with others, as a new resident, that it's certainly missing its potential in a lot of areas). It's just a bad article.
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