Monday, August 5, 2013
Dream A Little Dream Of Amherst
Yeah, another one of those ludicrous "lists" that every digital outlet loves to publish these days to attract hits. Although this one was first published back in May, it now seems to be gaining traction.
Although I'm surprised the Amherst Chamber of Commerce or UMass Office of News & Media Relations has not issued a breathless press release with the headline "We're Number 2!"
This one you just know is suspect when they screw up two-out-of-three purported claims to fame.
According to Boston.com:
"Home to Massachusetts' flagship public university, Amherst takes the second spot on our list. Amherst boasts strong schools and decent housing costs. It's also a safe community. While not the most fun town, its substantial population of students adds to its hipster cred."
Our schools are certainly EXPENSIVE, pushing top 10% in the entire state for per student cost; but not nearly so "strong". And our housing cost are FAR from "decent" (mainly because of the presence of all those "hipster" students).
But we most certainly are "safe," even if APD does arrest 3 or 4 drunk drivers per week.
Memo to Boston.com: one-for-three ain't bad ... if we're talking baseball.
No wonder they just sold for a (swan) song.