This has probably been done to death, but I’m starting to forget things, so it will all be new to me. Most towns/cities have great or at least good things about them, some bad or awful things about them, and at least one ugly wart. How’s yours? Need to move? Mine starts below:
Scenery: we live surrounded by mountains, our yards are full of birch, cottonwood and spruce trees.
Urban wildlife: moose wander our yards and roads, fox abound, some bears
Outdoor activity: summer or winter, the hiking, boating, snowmachining, skiing, skating, 4-wheeling, sight-seeing, photography can’t be beat. Yes, I’m talking about right here in my city
Micro-breweries: Some of the best beer brewed in the US is made right here. Award-winning, hoppy and yummy.
Street clearing: this used to be in the ‘ugly’ category until the present mayor took office. Used to be you stood on top of a snow berm waiting for the occasional bus to come by, then slid down to get it, hoping you didn’t end up under the wheels. Now the major arterials are cleared quickly and even the sidewalks are cleaned in a reasonable amount of time.
City of Lights: Every year, people put strands of tiny white lights on nearly any available surface. These stay up until the last musher crosses the Iditarod finish line in Nome. Makes the city a much brighter place in the long winter months.
Iditarod and Fur Rendezvous: Thousands of hysterically enthusiastic dogs giving it all they’ve got. People walking around with beavers and wolves on their heads. A winter carnival period that says “spring will come”.
Coffee shops: Just read in today’s paper that Anchorage has more coffee outlets per capita than anywhere else in the country - including Seattle.
Sprawl: Planning and zoning were never Anchorage’s forte, but since the advent of Big Oil, these have become just two unrelated words ending in -ing. The midtown sprawl is an ugly jumble of large office buildings, car dealerships, homes, burger joints, hardware outlets, furniture stores, trailer parks and hotels. Sidewalks are nearly non-existent, so the city is addicted to its cars.
Bus service: Abysmal. No new routes in six years. No relief for the sprawl or for the lack of parking downtown.
Republicans: We’re overrun with the bastards. No tax base, no hope of one. Roads, roads and more roads. Pave it all over and drive til you drop. Bitch about the government when it provides a huge percentage of the jobs here.
Class restaurants: Very few, and generally inconsistent in food prep. Lots of chain restaurants that serve huge portions of bad food abound.
I’m sure there’s more, but that will do for now. Let’s hear it!