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Um, New York Times? Did you forget something?

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I don’t think of myself as one of those folks who takes offense at every Fresno slight or omission. But when the New York Times does a piece on the first phase of California’s high-speed rail project and doesn’t even mention Fresno — and even leaves it off the locator map! — it seems like something is missing.

Jesse McKinley writes:

Under a plan approved in early December, the inaugural stretch of the multispurred 800-mile system will eventually connect San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and Sacramento and other major California cities and will run through the state’s farm-rich Central Valley.

Federal and state authorities have committed some $5.5 billion to the first leg of the project, which will connect Bakersfield, the valley’s southern hub, and the unincorporated area south of Madera. [Borden]

Time for a New York Times geography lesson, methinks.

Responses to "Um, New York Times? Did you forget something?"

Tim Sheehan says:

A history lesson may be in order as well. The reporter suggests Borden is a gold rush town, but it was founded in the 1860s (nearly 20 years after the Gold Rush began in 1849) as a farming colony, not a gold town.

See, Mike Oz…this is why we need to put Fresno on the map.

Childers says:

All I have to say is…Madera FTW!

pk says:

It didn’t fit!

Bino Escobar says:

I think this is really funny because it can’t be featured in the the, “Did They Just Say Fresno?”. Ha!

JML says:

Over the weekend, the mayor was talking about Fresno’s “national profile.” Oh well.

Sara says:

Oh! That’s where Borden is!!!

Mike Oz says:

Damn! The NYT has un-pet peeved me!

Tonya says:

Corcoran’s “cultivated character?” A town known for housing Charles Manson in maximum security. Sounds like they need to work for the Chamber of Commerce.

Strange how even the MAP refused to acknowledge Fresno … now you know how the wayward Amish feel.

Spurs O'Fire says:

Borden is a real place?

speakman says:

Maybe they left us off because we are known as the drunk and stupid city.

Dave says:

Blame the IDIOTS who selected this stretch, especially the departure and ending points.

Net however, is that even if this segment is built—very doubtful, it will never connect to anything except the bridge in Alaska that goes no where!!

Cheri Witter-Lawrence says:

WE, WHO GROW ALL OF THE BEST THAT NYC EATS…HAVE FORGOTTEN WHERE THEIR FOOD COMES FROM…HMMMM, THEY MUST BE “REMINDED”…DON’T ‘YA THINK ???!!!

TJ from America's Bread Basket - The Midwest says:

Could it be that the word “Borden” covers Fresno’s location on the map so Fresno was left out for that reason alone. How would the author have proposed to include the word Fresno on the illustration? And after all, Fresno was not an important part of the story. Don’t look for slights where they probably don’t exist. Fresno gets enough real slights from locations as close as San Fransico and Sacramento.

Donald Munro says:

As I wrote, I’m not one to be hyper-sensitive to slights to Fresno, and usually in a situation such as this I’d likely agree with you. But your contrarianism on this one is misplaced. I’m not suggesting that the omission was done out of malice. It was just sloppy.

ROSE ALVARADO says:

COULD IT BE THE WRITER AND ILLUSTRATOR DID NOT KNOW THEIR GEOGROPHY AND POORLY INFORMED.

TJ from America's Bread Basket - The Midwest says:

The red dot identifying Borden is so large that, on a map at the scale of the illustration, Fresno would most likely be within its boarders. I am quite sure the illustration was included in the story to give individuals without an intimate knowledge of the Central Valley a relative idea of the location of the end of the proposed railroad line and not as a lesson on Western US geography. It is no more sloppy then illustrations that are included in newspapers across the country including the Fresno Bee.

Philip says:

Now you know how Hanford feels: Half the time the Fresno TV stations leave us off the weather maps!