Smart Cities on a Dumb List


The Daily Beast

has mad social smarts. No one but Tina Brown, the site's masterful editor in chief would dare publish a survey of America's "smartest" and "dumbest" cities. But Brown thinks she can outrun the tidal wave of criticism you'd expect when you rank New York no. 13 and Raleigh-Durham, N.C. the smartest place in the nation.

So how do you come up with this stuff, Tina? Apparently by getting the stats for the number of degrees held in a city; levels of community engagement; so-called "intellectual environment" and even voter turnout. As our statistics professors might say, "Oy vey, you call that a methodology?"

Hang onto your graphing calculator. Let's look at the Top 10 "Smart" Cities: