NYC editor disses Minneapolis's awesome parks: The city "is in like, Canada or something" [UPDATE]
Loring Park: Definitely not in Canada.
Matthew Hampton, contributor to something called the Carroll Gardens Patch (Carroll Gardens is a neighborhood in Brooklyn), considers NYC's second-place finish in The Trust for Public Land's ParkScore rankings to be "one of the greatest outrages of all time until we all forget about it tomorrow."
How in God's name, he wonders, could NYC's famous parks take a backseat to those in a city that probably isn't even in the United States?
"The Big Apple finished behind Minneapolis -- which is in like, Canada or something," Hampton writes, before acknowledging that based on the ParkScore system, the City of Lakes "finished first with a score of 81, blowing away the competition, putting New York City as a distant second with 73.5."
See, everyone, we're not the only city capable of getting our panties in a bunch over lists. Keep that in mind next time we write a post like this.
:::: UPDATE ::::
Regular City Pages reader Bob Alberti's comment on the original Carroll Gardens Patch post is the unquestioned winner of the Internet Championship -- at least until tomorrow when we forget about it. Here it is:
As an expatriate New Yorker (Go METS!) please allow me to assure you that the Minneapolis win is no slight upon New York's fine park system. We in Minneapolis consider rather arbitrary the choices that led to our win, and we realize that the selection easily could have gone the other way. If for example instead of well-lit bicycle trails the authors had preferred parks with pigeons and cigarette butts, we would have had our butts handed to us. If instead of the sedate Mississippi or the laughing waters of Minnehaha Creek where it spills in a waterfall the evaluators had preferred high volume barge traffic and the sight of the New Jersey coast, then doubtless we would have fared much more poorly. And if rather than flowers and birdsong the criteria had been shouted obscenities and car-horns, Minneapolis would never have made the listing. So don't feel bad, we still respect you and we know that if we ever want to visit a park confident of returning home with something questionable on the bottom of a shoe, there's no place like New York.
But Hampton isn't backing down from his Minneapolis disses. Here's how he responded to Alberti:
Well obviously the parks are going to be cleaner in Minneapolis, it's only warm enough to use them like, four weeks a year.
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