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    Best / worst run cities in America

    So this article lists the "Best" and "Worst" run cities in the U.S. The list includes:

    Best:

    1. Virginia Beach, Va.
    2. Irvine, Calif.
    3. Madison, Wis.

    Worst:

    3. Newark, N.J.
    2. Detroit, Mich.
    1. Miami, Fla.

    The metrics used are:
    • access to jobs
    • booming industry
    • near other major urban areas that create employment opportunities


    So if we put a list together, how would your community, state, or region do? Personally, I think that the metrics are a bit weak. Basing the status of how well something is being run on how well you are promoting job growth, is a pretty poor standard. Booming industry? I guess that if you don't have natural resources or tech geniuses you can't have a well run city?

    To me, better metrics would be:
    • Community debt
    • number of jobs in local, regional, and state government
    • number of private jobs in local, regional, and state area
    • Comparison of services provided by community
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    Another asinine "best/worst" list.

    So poor city= poorly-run city and wealthy city= well-run city?

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    Quote Originally posted by hilldweller View post
    Another asinine "best/worst" list.

    So poor city= poorly-run city and wealthy city= well-run city?
    Exactly what I thought when I read the list.

    What about those Cities that make do with less? What about political leadership and metrics regarding code enforcement response times, park accessibility and maintenance? What about quantifying housing diversity?
    Dude, I'm cheesing so hard right now.

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    Access to other urban areas? Suppose half of your other urban areas were in Canada? Where is Miami's other urban area? Havana? If this is true, why is Newark doing so poorly? NYC is right across the river!

    Granted if the business climate is not good, the City will be in trouble, but is that the fault of the City? We have a world economy.
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    Yeah, I always find lists like this suspect since they always leave out obvious things. By definition places such as Jefferson County, AL (Birmingham) and Harrisburg, PA should be on the list of worst run cities since they were forced into bankruptcy due to some very questionable financial decisions.

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    w00t! Irvine represent!

    Biggest private masterplanned community in the US!


    I think we won the "Most Boring Community" award too, a few years back....

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    Quote Originally posted by MSahimi View post
    w00t! Irvine represent!

    Biggest private masterplanned community in the US!


    I think we won the "Most Boring Community" award too, a few years back....
    How can it be boring? Its the closest big city to the John Wayne Airport and it has a Macy's!
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    Scottsdale, AZ made the list which I found comical. I have several friends that have and do work there and that place is a disaster. 3 city manager in the past 2 years, and indisive council...a mayor that thinks he runs the place, low morale, and unsustainable tax structure, roads falling into disrepair, interdepartment fighting etc.
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