City Rankings: Kiss of Death or Good Buzz?

<p>City rankings can be double-edged sword.</p>
February 21, 2008, 6am PST | Nate Berg
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"Tension seems to play out in any city or town that earns a 'best of' ranking. Of course it's nice to be called the greatest town in the country. Economic development boosters plug the rating in hopes of attracting individuals and businesses interested in relocating. But such recognition can spark fears of a flood of incoming residents, sprawling growth and skyrocketing housing costs. Residents worry that their town's newfound attention will erode everything that made it a great city in the first place. Locals start blaming every civic ill on their city's best-in-the-nation status. Depending on who you talk to, being called the best place to live is an honor, a nuisance, a curse or a wash."

Thanks to Jon Cecil, AICP

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Published on Tuesday, February 19, 2008 in Governing
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