It seems attracting the brightest minds in the country to locate here boils down to cheap wine and second run movie houses. (screenshot from Kiplinger.com)
By Dan Irvin
Our daughter is in the final semester of college and beginning the great job search. In concert with that, over the weekend my wife stumbled across Kiplinger’s story from February a year ago that ranked Bloomington as the second best city in the country for singles. Only Ann Arbor, Michigan, was deemed better than our community. Also in the top ten and behind us were New York, Philadelphia, L.A….
Kiplinger’s rationale seems to be totally comprised of average income, cost of living, percentage of married households, and….these last two kill me, the prices of movie tickets and a bottle of wine.
I hope the Economic Development Council is listening. It seems attracting the brightest minds in the country to locate here boils down to cheap wine and second run movie houses.
I don’t know if there’ll be a new list to come out next month. We might have a shot on moving up in the rankings though, because that big package liquor store opened up on the East side.
And movies are fairly inexpensive at the Normal Theater, and that counts as Bloomington apparently, because a photo of the art deco marquee and the surrounding area of uptown Normal is the signature photo on Kiplinger’s page devoted to Bloomington.
I’m afraid, over the long haul, we can’t last in the top ten and probably someday won’t even make the post-season. All those singles – eligible bachelors and bachelorettes – are destined to find each other and then discover that the greatest thing about these parts is that it’s a wonderful place to settle down.
Historically speaking that’s why the area has grown. And then, there goes the singles neighborhood!
But that’s for tomorrow to worry about. For right now, watch out! We’re comin’ for ya Ann Arbor.
Dan Irvin is Secretary of the Board of the McLean County Chamber of Commerce, Vice-President of the Bloomington Public Library Foundation Board, and a member of the Heartland Community College Foundation Board.
The opinions expressed within WJBC’s Forum are solely those of the Forum’s author, and are not necessarily those of WJBC or Cumulus Media, Inc.