One of the reasons I started this blog was so I could have a way to get feedback on my articles. Good or bad, I love having that kind of interaction with the people who read my stuff. I hardly ever bring up reader comments here in the blog itself but today I got one that I thought needed addressing (but before you read it, you should probably watch the video above, if you haven’t already):
There was no need for your to post a link to the hastily made video about Cleveland on your comment on Fast Company’s website in response to them hailing Cleveland. Couldn’t leave something positive alone, could you. What are you jealous in the smog infested, traffic jammed LA.
Reader Patty felt compelled to post this rather angry comment on a random post on my blog that had nothing to do with the topic at hand. Not only that, her comment itself has nothing to do with something I wrote, rather, it has to do with a comment I posted on another website that included the previous video. In a sense, it’s a comment about a comment. So I thought it deserved—at the very least—another comment.
While I have no reason to believe that you’ll ever return to my blog again since you’ve expressed such disappointment in it, there are a few things you should probably know about me.
First of all, I love Cleveland. I myself am a product of the Midwest: I grew up in St. Louis. Although I’ve moved to LA, a large part of me is still there (and this time of year, I’d give anything for a few of those warm, cicada-symphony evenings we just don’t get out here). But especially after participating in the annual meeting of the urban leadership non-profit CEOs for Cities, and meeting people from the Cleveland Urban Design Center, I’ve come to appreciate how Midwestern cities have had to overcome the devastating economic situations that came with the loss of major manufacturing industries. What Cleveland is doing is pretty amazing.
Also, I don’t know if you noticed, but I write for Fast Company (like, a lot). Fast Company is one of the smartest magazines around and I’m honored to be one of their contributors. That has nothing to do with why I posted the link to the video, though. The reason I posted the link to the video was the same reason I post most things I post. BECAUSE IT WAS FUNNY.
But enough about that. Let’s talk about LA. Smog-infested? Difficult to say. Right now it’s raining, but usually when I’m sitting here at my desk, I can see all the way to Catalina Island. Traffic-jammed? Also tough to comment on since I don’t own a car, and prefer to take the bus, the train, my bike or my feet when I go places. It’s usually a pretty pleasant experience, so I have no complaints.
But you are right about two things. I am jealous, and LA is horrible. As proof, I have another hastily-made video that explains just about everything you’d want to know. It has some inappropriate language that will probably offend you more than my original comment, so I encourage you to leave another comment here telling me exactly how you feel.
[LA video via the fine people at Curbed LA]