Yeah, yeah. Another list, another pat on the back for good ol' Spokane. Men's Journal has finally hopped on the bandwagon with their own version of the "Best Places to Live 2008". The methodology on this one is muddled at best, but for the skeptics their basis for the rankings is simply that
"Physical community still matters, and so does being able to log off and get lost. Truly, you are where you live."
No, Spokane didn't make that list. Instead we made something a little more telling about our neck-o-the-woods...The Comebacks.
Spokane joined six other cities in receiving this badge of honor. While simultaneously a great name for a band it's also perhaps a leading indicator of where we may be in a few more years...at least as far as Men's Journal is concerned. The Comebacks list is defined as:
"They were once great towns but then fell into decline for various reasons. Now they're poised to top our list in the next few years. Move now, before housing costs skyrocket and entrepreneurs start elbowing each other for market space."
Entrepreneurs elbowing each other for market space? We like what we're hearing. If you can look past what is quite possibly the worst designed website in the history of the magazine industry, the list of Comeback Cities is as follows:
- Richmond, VA
- Denver, CO
- Spokane, WA
- Baltimore, MD
- Milwaukee, WI
- The Dalles, OR
- Providence, RI
- Website - Best Places: The Comebacks [Men's Journal]