Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

An indicator that your methodology might be flawed: Houston is the nation's coolest city

(Note that I actually like Houston. I like the energy there. But it's a pretty sprawled out place.)

According to Forbe's Magazine, "America's Coolest Cities," Houston is the coolest city in the U.S., based on these and other factors as measured _for the metropolitan area_ (another indicator that the methodology is flawed):

including median age, net migration, employement, entertainment and restaurant and bar options per capita, green space and recreational opportunities, the number of pro and college sports teams, the number of bars and restaurants, and cultural diversity,

1.   Houston
2.   Washington, DC
3.   Los Angeles
4.   Dallas
5.   Seattle
6.   San Diego
7.   Boston
8.   Orange County, California (another indicator that using metropolitan data to rate "cities" is flawed)
9.   New York
10. San Francisco
11. San Antonio, Texas
12.  Chicago
13. Ft. Worth, Texas
14. Baltimore
15. Philadelphia
16. Oakland, California
18. Minneapolis
19. Austin, TX
20. Denver

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