CNN Money Says McKinney is Country's Second Best Place to Live. Go Figure.

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McKinney can keep up that "Best Places to Live" banner for another couple of years at least.
Earlier this morning on the Today Show, CNN Money released its list of "America's Best Places to Live."

Dallas doesn't make the list, even though there are 100 places, but neither does any other metropolis because this is a list of small cities that "offer strong job opportunities, great schools, low crime and a true sense of community." The methodology, which considers housing affordability, arts and culture, economy, health care and safety, considers only cities between 50,000 and 300,000 people. Seems large cities are filled with too many undesirables.

No. 1 on the list is Carmel, Indiana. No. 2 is McKinney, our exurb to the north. Here's CNN Money's take:

Established in 1849, McKinney is one of northern Texas' oldest towns. Stroll around downtown, and you'll see cotton mills and feed stores transformed into hip boutiques and art galleries.

The city offers plenty of housing options, from starter homes to old Victorians and "Texas-style" five-bedrooms. Low taxes have lured companies with white-collar jobs in technology and energy, a new hospital opened in July, and a conference center and hotel complex is in the works.

McKinney's location on the fringes of the Dallas area means commuters have a longer drive downtown, but also easy access to rolling green hills, golf courses, and leafy open spaces lacking in neighboring towns.

McKinney is already touting its rank, which is up from its No. 5 rank two years ago.

"McKinney is a great place to live, arguably the best," Mayor Brian Loughmiller. "Our community has a consistently high quality of life for our residents, no matter how we grow and change. It's amazing what we have in our city, and it's just going to get better."

Arguably indeed. Also arguable: CNN Money ranked Allen at 13, Mansfield at 28, and Flower Mound at 32.


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EDEccentric
EDEccentric

40% of McKinney's schools did not meet AYP.   McKinney High was rated academically unacceptable. It's about the same distance from Downtown Dallas  to Fort Worth as it is to McKinney.

RTGolden
RTGolden

I love when these articles get posted.  All the city-dwelling, chest puffing, head swelling urbanites rush to lambaste the subject suburb (and, by extension, all suburbs) as a cultural and artistic wasteland, full of bland and boring people, blah blah.

Take a drive around Dallas.  Uptown, CBD, Kessler Park, Lakewood, wherever.  Dallas isn't know nationwide or worldwide or even statewide as a "Cultural and Artistic Center".  Dallas is know for big hair, shopping malls, a football team and a TV show.  Increasingly, it is becoming known for the Dallas version of the "hipster"; thousands of people all rushing out to buy the same 'unique' clothes, to live in the same unique neighborhoods, to effect the same 'unique' attitude, and to capture the 'irony' of their 'unique' trends.  Irony, indeed.

Glenda Hill
Glenda Hill

would think west due to the frisco schools which are exceptional! regardless of the economy, homes are selling as quickly as they go up in our neighborhood! excellent choice! no worries about living in the boonies in mckinney! its grown leaps and bounds and still growing...

guesto
guesto

I don't get it. I live in Mckinney, and I want the hell out of here.

BurlesqueMeansChunky
BurlesqueMeansChunky

No, my part of town is better!    No, my concrete suburb is better!   NO, I live by that man-made lake, I win!  No, I live in the HOOD that has cute new restaurants.

 

There is no such thing as Southern Hospitality.  

 

 

MattL11
MattL11

Let's see, an article about a suburb was posted...2 hours ago. So, by my calculations, people will be wishing death upon each other...about now! 

 

Of course, I don't see why this needs to be so contentious. These "best places to live" lists cater to a certain type of person who likes to live a certain kind of lifestyle. It's not my cup of tea, but I guess some people see its merits. This is the point where I'd start making fun of that type of person, but I'm feeling positive today. Have a lovely day.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

I can think of many places that are far better than any hick Texas towns.

J_A_
J_A_

McKinney is a great place to raise a family as long as you don't work south of 635. It'll be an hour commute both ways.

Mikertrtrt
Mikertrtrt

No one moves to a city of 1-2 million+ people. You either move to a neighborhood of a much larger city, Preston Hollow, Oak Cliff or Lakewood in Dallas for example or one of the cities in this survey's size range. I assume that CNN could do a survey of Best Neighborhoods of Large Cities, but that quickly becomes a catalog of expensive places. People pay a premium to live in a good neighborhood in a large city, a premium that prices out most viewers. Consequently you get this survey.

bloodhoundgrl
bloodhoundgrl

Guess they don't know about Flower Mound's cancer cluster. I told my realtor: "Nothing in F.M."

 

jmckee3
jmckee3

Where exactly is the art and culture in McKinney? Maybe they were going for McKinney Ave and got confused.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Because it's horrible for Dallas to have desirable suburbs?

 

They must not have seen any of McKinney east of 5, though. It's a shithole.

Shannon Adolph
Shannon Adolph

For all I know, it's great but I don't wanna live in the boonies

Shannon Adolph
Shannon Adolph

For all I know, it's great but I don't wanna live in the boonies

EricNicholsonLibtard
EricNicholsonLibtard

"Seems large cities are filled with too many undesirables."

 

YEAH NO SHIT ERIC, naive white-guilt libtard.

 

"Progressive", "open-minded" white-guilt libtard hipster "journalist" scum just LOVE to sneer at the proles.

 

Fuck off and die

Anon
Anon

 @RTGolden The only thing that bothers me about these surveys is that they equate affordability with desirability. I'd argue that the reverse is true. By any objective measure, the Park Cities is the most desirable area in the Metroplex. It's not like people moving to McKinney are setting up homestead ranches or something. They're buying big homes on small lots, just like in HP and UP. Decent public schools and access to green space? Very true of both Park cities. 

Obviously, the Park Cities is not for everyone, even those who can afford it. I'm just saying that the only thing McKinney has going for it that other places don't, is that it's cheaper for now. As the article mentioned, many of the amenities/services that make the closer in areas more expensive have very recently come to McKinney. It will therefore become more expensive, and then people will start buying starter homes in the further out suburbs. 

ProleDancer
ProleDancer

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz

Please don't wake the mouth-breathing hicks. They actually think Texas is a good place to live...between gulps of their shitty Texas beer.

jmckee3
jmckee3

 @JaniceA Yes absolutely as long as you want children that grow up so sheltered from culture that think the theatre is where they go see the newest Transformers movie and The Olive Garden has great Italian food.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @Mikertrtrt Lake Highlands has homes that are modest in price, and is still in the city, with a suburban school district. 

monstruss
monstruss

 @jmckee3 to be fair, the only culture on McKinney Avenue is growing in the panties of of sluts.

todd
todd

 @jmckee3 McKinney has its own performing arts theater in the former Collin County Courthouse.  It is a pretty nice facility. 

J_A_
J_A_

 @jmckee3 What art & culture you do speak of on McKinney Ave? Drunken douchebag culture?

AeroRazavi
AeroRazavi

 @Scruffygeist We will see how McKinney fares into the coming decades. McKinney can dwarf Arlington in population.  At that point, Celina will be all the rage.

 

Would you also describe east of 5 in Plano as such as well?

ProleDancer
ProleDancer

 @EricNicholsonLibtard

"White-guilt libtard hipster?????

 

You wouldn't know a prole if one hit your pointy white Republican head with a pole.

txdiablo1979
txdiablo1979

@ProleDancer @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz A s thriving economy, low unemployment, plenty of jobs and low cost of living and you are implying texas isn't a good place to live? And they call texans backwards. But then again you are probably some liberal jackass that just can't stand to see anything positive about texas. You're nothing but a pathetic hater.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@jmckee3 sorry lil buddy. Dallas is riddled with the same type of chain restaurant movie theater shit you are talking about. And if by being sheltered you mean not acosted by numerous homeless people everyday, then you hit the nail on the head

EricNicholsonLibtard
EricNicholsonLibtard

 @monstruss I'd bet money that you are one of those libtards who lost their shit and cried and whined a lot when Rush Limbaugh called that bitch who was too cheap to pay for her own birth control a "slut".

jmckee3
jmckee3

 @todd Yes, I have been there, it is a beautifully restored but is poorly designed, a very poor performing space and when you throw in the fact that it is an otherwise cultural and artistic wasteland it attracts audiences not particularly open minded about the arts and rare almost entirely mediocre performances.

 

I think it is admirable that they have anything at all but I would not call it an artistic or cultural highlight.

jmckee3
jmckee3

 @JaniceA Within a few blocks there is the MAC, The Kitchen Dog Theater, Theater 3, Theater Too, Kalita Humphreys Theater, The Madi, several art galleries, a historic street car and it is in very close proximity to the DMA, the Nasher, The Crow, The Morton Meyerson, The Winspear, the Wylie and the City Performance Hall.

 

You must not be very knowledgeable on the arts if when you think of Uptown you think drunk douchebags and not the numerous arts and cultural opportunities that surround and fill it.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

 @AeroRazavi Skipping over Fairview and Allen to make your stupid comparison? Especially considering the 5 designation ends in Allen.

 

I've never been overly impressed with east Plano though. But it's Beverly Hills compared to McKinney east of 5.

EricNicholsonLibtard
EricNicholsonLibtard

 @ProleDancer  @EricNicholsonLibtard White-guilt libtard hipsters hate it when they get called out for being white-guilt libtard hipsters.  Also, good thing I'm not a Republican!  All white-guilt libtards who hate McKinney should immediately move to Dallas' blackest neighborhood.  Why not?  What could possibly go wrong, libtards?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@jmckee3 I dont live in Mckinney but here is my point. how does moving 30 miles up 75 change the way i teach and culture my children? As far as I know, all the the things that exist Dallas to "culture" my children are still there. I can still take them down there to visit. And it would cost about 1/4 of what it does to live in the cultural arts district. To somehow equate being cultured to living in dallas is idiotic

todd
todd

 @jmckee3 "...it attracts audiences not particularly open minded about the arts..."  Being a filthy suburbanite, I know this applies to me.  Are you painting yourself with that same broad brush?

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

 @AeroRazavi What part of shithole do you not understand? I'm betting you don't reside there either.

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

 @Scruffygeist

 doesn't 5 still go to Parker Road- i still think of Ave K as Hwy 5 but that's ancient designation

AeroRazavi
AeroRazavi

 @Scruffygeist What about east of 5 you do not like in McKinney?  Industry that is creating jobs e.g. Encore Wire?

EricNicholsonLibtard
EricNicholsonLibtard

 @Cliffhanger So move to a black neighborhood, you will be respected by all your libtard peers for how "progressive" and "enlightened" you are.

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