No? I hear it's lovely this time of year. But only because it's the 57th-bestest, er, city in the whole danged country. Says so on New Geography's 2008 list, which may be a old news, dunno, but which I discovered this morning whilst reading the great Joel Kotkin's story about "The New Boom Towns," meaning cities more or less thriving during the oil and gas "crisis."
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Kotkin, author of The City: A Global History, notes that "today’s energy crisis is creating new wealth and new jobs in a way not seen since, well, the energy crisis of the 1970s." Which is why, at the top of New Geography's best-city list culled from such info as "the robustness of a region's growth" and Bureau of Labor Statistics employment data, the top dog is ... Midland! The DPI Metro Div, ahem, merit the boom-town mention because of ExxonMobil's Irving HQ, of course. --Robert Wilonsky