So exactly how did a little know real estate website determine that Milwaukee is the 7th most exciting city in the nation?
Some people weren't exactly sure why Milwaukee ranked so high although they'll take the compliment.┬á
(New York City, by the way, was No. 6.)
It says a lot when some residents who have lived here all their lives received the good news today in a similar fashion:
"Uh...'most exciting'? Exactly what did they mean by that?"
Or: "Most exciting? What were they basing it on?"
The source of the list was something called the Movoto real estate blog that used a number of criteria before releasing its "10 Most exciting Cities in America" list to the media.
Some of the categories used for determining the final list were things like park acreage for person, percent of the population between 20 and 34 years old, big box stores per square mile, population diversity and even number of bars per square mile.
(If it had just been bars, I don't think anybody would have questioned the city's high ranking.)
But because Milwaukee apparently was considered "more exciting" than places like Chicago, New Orleans or Los Angeles that didn't even make the list, some people had obvious questions.
On various social networks, the "most exciting cities" list was scrutinized with a cynical eye by some of my Facebook friends.
"They must mean 'terrifying instead of 'exciting'," wrote one friend.
Others wondered how a Midwestern city with sub-standard weather most of the year and daunting social problems could make such a list. Another raised questions about the lack of diversity in Milwaukee and high unemployment in some areas that seemed to go against the idea of an exciting metropolitan city with progressive attitudes.
"They must have only asked white people with good jobs," said another cynical post.
But several people reacted to the news with a fair amount of civic pride, saying "Way to go!" or "I agree! Milwaukee is a great place!" or otherwise congratulating th…Read more...