Sunday, October 15, 2006

Top Ten Cities For Opportunity In America

A good study on American cities on the Kiplinger web site. I've listed the top 10 below. The idea of moving from city to city is fantastic if you are in a position to do so. Staying in a town, city, state, or province when times have gone south makes no sense at all.

It's a very good idea to keep somewhat mobile as life changes come around. Personally, I'm keen on living in the retirement areas long before I retire. Better golf course, better health care, and a quieter back-drop for life all around.

#1 Nashville, Tenn.
Our top pick offers affordable homes, a mild climate and a phenomenal entertainment scene that goes far beyond country.

#2 Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.
The Twin Cities offer a hip and progressive atmosphere with a midwestern sensibility, multiple cultural outlets, pro teams in all four major sports, a dozen universities and colleges, and a diverse economy.

#3 Albuquerque, N.M.
This laid-back city offers resort-town ambience, a boomtown economy and cow-town prices.

#4 Atlanta, Ga.
The capital of Georgia is a vibrant city with a rich history, good health care, a great cultural scene and genteel neighborhoods shaded by magnificent dogwood and magnolia trees.

#5 Austin, Tex.
Home to the University of Texas, the state capitol, the Zachary Scott Theatre and the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum, Austin is a sophisticated salsa of culture, history and politics.

#6 Kansas City
This city split along state lines offers something for everyone: from stately houses to downtown lofts and world-class museums to barbecue.

#7 Asheville, N.C.
A virtually franchise-free downtown, world-class cuisine, amazing crafts, live music venues and fine arts make this city tucked into the Blue Ridge mountain range one of a kind.

#8 Ithaca, N.Y.
True, it's in the Finger Lakes boonies of central New York, but Ithaca is an Ivy League outpost with great food, beautiful scenery and Naderite politics.

#9 Pittsburgh, Pa.
Currently undergoing a renaissance, this hidden gem has distinctive neighborhoods, tree-lined streets, glittering skyscrapers, upscale shops and a diversified economy.

#10 Iowa City, Iowa.
An oasis on the prairie, this wholesome middle-American city is bursting with creative and intellectual energy.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Here are some interesting bits of info regarding the markets after the North Korea nuclear tests. North Korea claimed to do some underground testing over the weekend, and it's send information ripples all across the globe. See the links and c/p below from

NEW YORK ( -- Stocks struggled early Monday after North Korea
nuclear tests unnerved investors, despite several key corporate deals in the
The Dow (down 24.10 to 11,826.11, Charts) lost 0.1 percent an
hour into the session. Last Thursday, the Dow hit a record close, ending at
11,866.69 and briefly touched a trading high of 11,870.06.

More video
CNN's Eunice Yoon
explores how North Korea's recent actions affected world markets. (October
Play video
The broader
S&P 500 (down 0.93 to 1,348.65, Charts) index and the
tech-fueled Nasdaq composite (down 0.72 to 2,299.27, Charts) hovered just below

Sunday, October 08, 2006

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