Reno is One of the 25 Best Places to Live in 2010 – Really?

April 25, 2010

In an article titled “Best Places to Live 2010,” Men’s Journal Magazine placed Reno among the top 25 cities. The article is short and concentrates on cultural and recreational amenities, which I think are both outstanding and have gotten better over the last few years. Among the features cites are the new Reno Aces Ballpark, the Truckee River Whitewater Park, an abundance of nightlife, the Riverwalk District, Artown, and the proximity to world-class skiing just up the road around Lake Tahoe.

If recreation and culture are all you need, then yes, Reno is wonderful. Things not touched on include the state of the economy and the availability of good jobs, both of which are dismal in these parts. In other words, the article just picks out a narrow slice of the whole pie and says it tastes mighty good. Never mind that there are rotten apples mingle among the rest. However, even a little positive publicity about the good things we have can’t hurt.

Frankly, I don’t put much store in these lists, but they are entertaining when your city makes the cut. I think the real measure is what people who actually live here think about living in Reno. So what do you think? Is Reno really one of the best places to live in 2010?

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