Thursday, October 2, 2008
Beautiful Bella Vista
Daddy Warbucks has an article today on the recent awards and national rankings claimed by Bella Vista, the Benton County community that has been an incorporated city for less than two years. It doesn't have a daily newspaper, a high school football team, nor it's own Chamber of Commerce, but it gets national media attention.
"Bella Vista," notes Warbucks, "continues to get national recognition for the outstanding quality of life it offers. The community was ranked one of America’s Top 10 Best Healthy Places To Retire, according to U.S. News & World Report. The announcement is right on the heels of Bella Vista being named one of the Top 25 best places for affordable homes by CNNMoney.com and Money Magazine."
Strangely, Bella Vista Mayor Frank Anderson hasn't called a press conference or put up a website to brag that he alone is responsible for the rankings and all the national media attention, and he doesn't tote the awards around with him in a grocery bag to whip out and try to impress people. He hasn't even hinted that everything will go to hell in a handbasket if he is not reelected or that he is the only person who can keep the city moving forward. Mayor Anderson knows that everyone in the community makes a contribution to what it is, and he doesn't try to claim all the credit for those tokens of success.
Meanwhile, Fayetteville was not ranked among CNNMoney.com's Top 100 Places to Live. Who can we blame for that?