When I first came across this blog post about the 10 Most Exciting Cities in America, I was skeptical. Of course the usual players were there (San Francisco, New York, etc) and a couple of my personal favorites were represented (Portland and Boston). But I was shocked to read the #1 spot went to Oakland. Really? I like Oakland and I have a lot of friends who live there and love it and I know they have a blossoming foodie scene going on, but the most exciting city in America?
But then I read the criteria they used and it all made much more sense. And it also challenged my thinking a bit on what makes a city truly exciting. Here is the criteria they used:
- Park acreage per person
- Percent of population between 20 and 34 years old
- Fast food restaurants per square mile (the fewer the better)
- Bars per square mile
- Big box stores per square mile (the fewer the better)
- Population diversity
- Movie theaters per square mile
- Museums per square mile
- Theater companies per square mile
- Music venues per square mile
What do you think makes a city exciting?