What's so bad about Greeley?... from the Denver Post
Not knowing any of the other cities on the list within this book of gripes, I found this to be an intersting first paragraph as I read the Sunday Denver Post yesterday. "Wow," I thought, "Greeley made a list of worst places to live.."Originally posted by DenverPost
So I kept reading.
Bad smell, Rednecks, nothing much to do; yep sounds like my impressions of the town while in college. But that didn't bother me while I lived there. In fact, despite not being a trendy, over designed, "loft town" I found Greeley to be a fine place to live and learn. We had plenty to do and -- you get used to the smell.
So I began to think that the author must have spent a lot of time in Greeley in order to establish this opinion (and even be able to write credibly about the town in a book). But as I read further (not too much into the article yet, mind you) I found this:
He’d never been to Greeley. He wrote about a place to NEVER LIVE and this hack has never been there!Originally posted by DenverPost
He did his research via Craigslist! CRAIGSLIST?! The site to look for items such as an exhaust for a 78 Firebird? A site where random folks can “hook up” and or rant about lost love? Now, I may have passed time in my college statistics class (in Ross Hall, on the Greeley Campus of the U of Northern Colorado) daydreaming about a non-existent career in the NHL or mentally undressing the girls in the class, but one thing I did gather was that a low-budget website, which is essentially a forum for cynics and people afraid to put their faces with their opinions, is NOT place to gather a representative sample for research to base one’s opinion.
Sure Greeley is a little white bread, can smell bad from time to time, and has a 25cent beer night at one of the local bars. The biggest gripe I had with the city was the lack of an ice rink (which the typically "don't tax me" Conservative voters approved a tax hike for, as well as other recreational amenities my fourth year living there). But to mark it down as one of 50 Places NOT to Live? Hardly.
I guess I would understand if the author had spent time in Greeley, lived there, or visited for an extended period of time. Formulated his opinion while going to Quarter Beer Night at the “Armpit”; visited a Mexican restaurant so authentic, the owner had to get his daughter (the only one there besides me who spoke English) to take an order; walked through Glenmere Park on a warm summer night; and taken in the charm of UNC’s Central Campus, preferably while playing some football in the snow!
But forgive me if I am upset about the fact that someone is getting published (and presumably making a profit) off of a book that is based upon loose anonymous opinion and lazy research methods. I wonder what the other cities are on the list, and if the residents (or former residents) feel the same way.