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Money's "Best Place to Live" Is Seriously Lacking in Place

Eden Prairie, Minnesota tops Money Magazine's recent list of Best Places to Live 2010. Blogger Chris O'Leary points out that Eden Prairie is devoid of anything to separate it from any other suburb, and in fact has no downtown at all.

O'Leary writes, "The entire town is made up of suburban sprawl, office parks, strip malls, and a big hulking indoor retail monstrosity known as Eden Prairie Plaza surrounded by acres of parking without a tree in sight. There is no sense of place in Eden Prairie. How, then, can it be one of the best places to live?"

Money credits the health of residents, the beauty of the surrounding countryside, and the low unemployment rate.

Full Story: The 'Best Place' is no place at all

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