Forbes magazine, obviously besotted with “top-whatever” lists, today released its America’s Safest Cities countdown.
Our own little ‘burb Plano, despite Mike Ribeiro's best efforts, topped the list, but I had to chuckle a bit when I logged onto the Forbes story because that lead photo most definitely is not Plano.
Honolulu might be third-most safe city in the United States, but it’s the first most-photogenic safe city in the country.
The fundamental criteria boiled down to violent crime rates and fatal car crashes, of which Plano ranks No. 1 and No. 4, respectively.
Apparently all is forgiven and forgotten about that heroin epidemic of awhile back.
If you must know — and you must, you must — Portland, Ore., placed second on the safest list followed by the aforementioned Honolulu, San Jose, Calif., which jumped up on the list since the retirement of cheap-shot artist Jeremy Roenick, and Omaha, Neb.
Somewhat surprisingly, New York City came in sixth.
So, play it safe; play it Plano.
Heeey, think they’d pay for a new city slogan? Nah.
Bruce Felps owns and operatesEast Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He likes dangerous East Dallas just fine, thank you.