Getting ranked on a top 10 list these days is pretty easy, given all the categories of food, travel and sports that lend themselves to this exercise.
And it’s easy to make light of these rankings. Still, they often make sense.
Consider some of the top 10 lists Kansas City and this region have appeared on in the last year or so.
• Travel book publisherLonely Planet ranked Kansas City sixth
on its list of the top 10 travel destinations in 2014. An excerpt: “Kansas City is home to the National World War I Museum. As 2014 marks the war’s centennial, major celebrations and events will ensue, and the museum’s adjacent Liberty Memorial is getting a $5 million renovation for the festivities.”
• Travel Leisure magazine last monthnamed Kansas City the 10th best city
for hipsters, noting, “At The Local Pig..., barbecue gets some hipster cred thanks to locally sourced meats and unconventional offerings like burnt-end bratwursts and Thai peanut sausage.”
• Travel Leisure magazine alsocompiled a comprehensive list
that ranked Kansas City barbecue as the best in the nation. Hmm, someone likes to use food as a barometer of good living. That’s smart.
• In a less-celebrated list, a California real estate brokerage firmnamed Kansas City as the second most redneck city
in the United States, right behind Atlanta. Some of the criteria: lots of gun and ammunition stores, Wal-Mart locations and NASCAR tracks (and we’re glad to have one, thank you, in Kansas City, Kan.).
• BleacherReport.comranked Arrowhead seventh
this year on its list of the best National Football League stadiums. Unfortunately, the authors had to point out the Chiefs’ futility over the last 40 years, noting they “haven’t won a league title since capturing Super Bowl IV.”
• Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecuewas named one of the 10 best barbecue restaurants in America. But never fear: Oklahoma Joe’s is on another best-of list
• Be careful driving in Kansas City, because Missourihas the seventh worst motorists
in the United States, according to a new report from CarInsuranceComparison.com.
• And maybe this list is linked to the previous one:Time magazine just ranked Missouri
as the best place for drinking in America, writing, “There’s no place better in the country to get your drink on than the Show-Me State.”
• A Huffington Post article last monthnamed Kansas City as one of the “20 awesome U.S. cities you need to visit in your 20s.” An excerpt: “Check out the Crossroads Arts District for eclectic boutiques, art galleries and restaurants. Kansas City is also one of the few cities to boast Google Fiber wireless — meaning the Internet connection is insanely good.” But not yet everywhere, like at my
• And Business Weekput Kansas City in the 15th slot
among “America’s 50 best cities,” saying, “For a unique blend of technology, arts, and history, residents can always stop by the city’s old transportation hub, Union Station.”
Sometimes, however, it paysnot
to be on these kinds of lists.
Even though Kansas City has a very high rate of violent crime, it did not rank among the most dangerous cities, as recently compiled by Forbes.
And neither Missouri nor Kansas wound up in the bottom 10 of the states with the worst animal protection laws.
Plus, some lists make no sense: St. Louis asthe second best place to retire
in the nation? Please.
Kansas City will wind up on a few more top 10 rankings in 2014. Pay attention to them if they put a positive spin on our lovable burg.
But ignore those so-called experts who say something nasty about Kansas City. What do they know?