I’ve been joking for some time now that the winter of 2009-2010 will be remembered as The Winter of Our Discontent, what with the long brutal winter, bitter politics and moribund economy.
Now along comes Forbes to pile on even more misery. It recently released its America’s Most Miserable Cities index. Kansas City landed in the The Top 20 with its No. 13 ranking, based largely on the performance of the Chiefs and the Royals, but also because of high taxes and the crime rate.
I took a look at the list myself and concluded that the folks who compiled the report must think America is a pretty miserable place to live. The Top 20 included many of our largest cities: Philadelphia, Chicago, New York, St. Louis and Detroit to name just a few.
What surprises me is how quickly the local media has jumped all over this “news” to make sure that every man, woman and child is aware of it. As a city, we have a tendency to knock ourselves already; now we’re helping a major national business magazine in their efforts to do the same. Why?
I want to know what you think is good about Kansas City? What should we shouting from the rooftops about?