by Kevin Allman
The group CEOs for Cities just issued a report ranking "City Vitals 2.0" of 51 metro regions across the country, and ranked New Orleans #51 — dead last — when it came to "cultured cities." Which is ... interesting.
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(Oh! They're New Age sustainable bullshit trendy-word generator artists.)
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There's more to read on their
website "learning network delivery mechanism" if you want more detail. But for those who are just interested in the group's criterion or criteria for determining Culcha, here it is:
"Ratio of persons that reported attending a cultural event in the past year to the number of households with high definition televisions, 2007."
OK, using this five-year-old data point, I can only come up with one theory:
1) Something happened right before the 2007 survey that might have prevented people from attending a cultural event;
2) Something happened right before the survey that might have made people buy new furniture, including HDTVs.
What could that have been?