Rust Wire readers know this blog frequently rants about how Forbes magazine mischaracterizes our cities with its silly and bogus lists – America’s Downsized Cities, Hardest Places to Get By, Dying Cities, and even Best Place for Singles.
(Somehow, Cleveland is ranked as a “dying city,” and a “most miserable city,” yet it is also one of the best places for singles, according to the magazine. Go figure.)
Well, I’m glad to see the folks in Dayton, Ohio, are doing more than just ranting. Upset with their inclusion on the “Dying Cities” list, they organized a symposium to prove the list wrong, as this blog previously reported.
The event is this coming weekend, and as the Dayton Daily News reports, the author of this article will be in town “to face his critics.”
The story adds, “Joshua Zumbrun, a Washington correspondent for Forbes, said he has written many stories based on statistical data, but none has gleaned the level of response of “American’s Fastest Dying Cities” published Aug. 5, 2008.
“I didn’t realize how much a fire it would light,” Zumbrun said.”
In addition to Dayton, other stories on the list were Canton, Cleveland, and Youngstown, Ohio, Buffalo, N.Y.; Charleston, W.Va.; Detroit and Flint, Mich.; Scranton Pa.; and Springfield, Mass.
“It was never my intention to kick people while they were down,” said Zumbrun, noting that he hails from Fort Wayne, Ind., and that he has visited nine of the 10 cities on the list.
“I want to emphasize that there is good and bad in any economy, job gains, job losses,” he said.
Reaction to the article in Dayton began with anger and disappointment, then grew into a grassroots movement to challenge it,” the Dayton Daily News reports.
To register for the event, go to tenlivingcities.org
I’d love to know if any of our readers are going to the event, and if so to hear their impressions….