The environmental degradation of the Central Valley has many contributing factors. First of all, its geography doesn’t do it any favors. It’s a big, long bowl surrounded on three sides by mountains that trap pollutants from cars and factories and oil fields in an inversion layer. Second, it’s a victim of what brought people there in the first place — rich fertile soils from which grow much of America’s fruits and vegetables. For decades farmers would burn leftover cuttings from their fields after the harvest — dumping massive amounts of lung-choking particulate matter into the air. Burning has been banned since 2004, and the air has gotten cleaner since then, but there’s still a long way to go.
Twitter loved it too, apparently, as we saw many a Tweet fly about the episode. But here are five tickled us — with much reverence to comedian Michael Ian Black, who apparently live-tweets new episodes of “House Hunters.”
@FresnoBeehive @mikeoz I got $5 on there being reference to not being safe to live south of Shaw.
Men’s Health is back with another list that Fresno is near the bottom of: “Where America’s eligible women live.” Fresno ranked No. 97 out of 100, receiving an F grade, and beating out only Toledo (98), Bakersfield (99) and Las Vegas (100).
Washington D.C., because you’re wondering, ranked No. 1. Full results are on Men’s Health’s site under the headline “Where the babes are.” Makes it sounds super scientific, huh?
Per a press release from the mag:
To determine this ranking, Men’s Health examined data on the ratio of single women to single men, the percentage of college-educated women, the percentage of gainfully employed single women (all from the Census) and the number who work out (Experian Simmons).
Hmmm. I wonder what the ladies of upstart local blog The Full Moxie think about these findings.
As you may know, I don’t give those rank-the-city lists that call Fresno the best this or worst that too much credence. Most of them, you have to know, are marketing ploys and attempts to get website clicks.
But I do find them entertaining. And Lord knows we Fresnans love to talk about them. So here are a few lists we’ve ended up on recently. Interpret them as you will.
We’re third on a list of cities most interested in a healthier lifestyle in 2012, says research from MaxPoint Interactive, aimed at helping companies market health-related products. Soooo, we’re good at New Year’s resolutions?
Even more troubling: Six of the top seven cities are from the San Joaquin Valley with Merced at No. 1, Modesto at No. 3, Stockton at No. 4, Visalia-Porterville at No. 5 and Bakersfield-Delano at No. 7.
What do you think? Are you offended by this? Or is she just telling it like it is? Is this gonna whip Fresnans into a tizzy again? Between this and Jerry Brown basically having to get dragged into Fresno for their Oct. 2 debate, any Fresnans out there just not feeling the love from the Guv candidates?
Since I know nobody watches “Saturday Night Live” anymore, you probably missed this clip from the most recent episode where they talk about Fresno being the “drunkest city.” As expected from a current Saturday Night Live clip, it’s not funny.
I don’t post every news headline that pops up on fresnobee.com, but I feel this one needs some notice simply because of the potential for high-speed rail to profoundly impact this region:
As President Barack Obama voiced strong support for high-speed rail in his State of the Union address Wednesday, federal officials announced that California will get a big share of the $8 billion fund for projects nationwide. California will get $2.25 billion to help build a high-speed rail system connecting Southern California to the Bay Area through the San Joaquin Valley …
Lots of ink has been spilled on this already, of course. But this marks a significant step. I know that high-speed rail is going to take a LONG time to come to fruition, but it might end up having more of an impact on downtown revitalization/culture/Fresno’s city image than just about anything else in our lifetimes.
It started with a brief few things to give background for this Blog Hop profile that ran in The Bee the other day, but then we decided, “Hey, why not ask Ms. 31 Days of Fresno 31 questions about Fresno.” Then we just had to come up with that many questions.