Who says these cities are the most miserable?

Forbes.com has been on a best and worst cities kick for the last year or so. I read them every week because they're like watching soap operas -- predictable but entertaining nonetheless. Today, the website introduced America's Most Miserable Cities.

Here are the Top-10 losers, according to Forbes:
  1. Stockton, Calif.
  2. Memphis
  3. Chicago
  4. Cleveland
  5. Modesto
  6. Flint
  7. Detroit
  8. Buffalo
  9. Miami
  10. St. Louis

The reasons behind the misery are varied – taxes, unemployment, foreclosures, weather and pro sports teams with bad results.I think the people who compiled this list and most of the rest of the Forbes' lists rarely leave New York City and, possibly, have never even been west of the Hudson.

For one thing, why isn't New York City not at the head of this list? The cost of buying a home there has been monumental for decades. There are jobs, but the average person makes bupkis when you consider how much it costs to live there. Sure, the city has lots of amenities, but who can afford them? The weather is cold and sloppy in the winter and hot and miserable in the summer. And the people are arrogant and rude 90 percent of the time.

The cities that are actually on the list are for the most part pretty nice places to live. Memphis has beautiful homes and tree-lined streets, friendly people, the best barbecue in the world, and Elvis.

Chicago manages to be both sophisticated and user friendly. Its transportation system is the greatest. Miami is gorgeous and who could hate the weather in January?

I lived in Upstate New York for several years -- not far from Buffalo. Sure it gets a lot of snow, but it knows how to remove a lot of snow fast -- right down to the dry pavement about the time the last flake falls. The skiing is terrific, the air is clean, and you can buy a mansion for what it costs to park a car for a year in New York City.

I live in Detroit now, and I think it's the most under-rated big city in the country. The list of things to do in the area is endless from watching winning pro sports teams to boating, fishing, top-notch music and entertainment venues, leading museums. Once the economy turns around -- and it will -- Detroit will come into its own.

In the meantime, Steve Forbes should consider getting some of his staff writers out of the office.
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