What's So Great About Anywhere But Here?

Posted: January 3, 2013 at 5 a.m.

“We’re thinking about buying a house in Farmington,” I told my cousin back in 2005.

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If Mrs. Chance had truly "lived" here in NW Arkansas, specifically Fayetteville, then she would understand how distasteful her article is to the community-of-the-whole. I moved from Tulsa over 12 years ago and have had the chance to move back several times. However I can find no reason to leave NW Arkansas. This is the first metropolitan area I've found where the small, independent communities ALL work together to make life better for everyone. A glowing example is our collection of Chambers of Commerce and how cooperative they are in scheduling events rather than fostering an attitude of competition.
I wouldn't be surprised to find Springdale finds the moniker "Chickentown" somewhat degrading when used in the tone of her article.
Maybe it is because we are somewhat isolated from the rest of the state by the hills surrounding our little pocket of tranquility, but Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Lowell, Bethel Heights, Springdale, and yes even Fayetteville have developed a comradeship and sense of cooperation that this article never sees and apparently Mrs. Chase fails to understand.
It is a shame she is so immature and in a position to influence others as a "part time teacher for Harding University's Bentonville Professional Center". With her attitude and lack of sensitivity and awareness, maybe she shouldn't have to make that once a week trip she so obviously disdains.

Posted by: j2carteyahoocom

January 3, 2013 at 6:11 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Some don't realize Fayetteville would not exist (even so, no better than any surroung town) as it does without the rest of the surrounding region, especially Springdale. Zero was right. This "article" is "distasteful."

Posted by: Tankersley101

January 3, 2013 at 8:52 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

I hope this celebration of open-mindedness was meant to be ironic.

Posted by: felixcanis

January 3, 2013 at 9:42 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Anybody that thinks Fudville is wonderful would enjoy a delightful inflamed case of diaper rash to go along with their dementia.

Posted by: JailBird

January 3, 2013 at 5:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I'm a huge proponent of living in Fayetteville over the other neighboring towns. However, I think the author needs a history lesson in where all the money comes from in NWA. The UA is nothing without businesses like WalMart (Bentonville) and Tyson (Chickentown). Fayetteville thrives on commerce leaked from Benton county. It will be interesting to see how the alcohol ban being lifted will affect Washington county and primarily Fayetteville.

PS. Fayetteville doesn't have a world class museum, convention center, cabelllas, Beaver Lake, premier hotels (where do you think AR people book hotels for games??) And no longer the best walking trails. Restaurants around Bentonville square are much better than in Fayetteville. Oh, and what airport do you use for all your extensive travels where you thrive to fit in-most likely XNA, which IS NOT in Fayetteville.

Posted by: apetton

January 5, 2013 at 8:25 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

I'm glad she likes it, but you don't have to insult other areas to show your love of a town. In every area, there are people that could write a glowing article of their town, even in Omaha NE, my home town, where aromous scents of the cattle industries permeates many housing areas. Beauty is in the eye, or nose, of the beholder.

Posted by: mycent

January 5, 2013 at 9:06 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Well I have been waiting to weigh in on this one. Seems Fayetteville is full of people with her mentality. The city where 15,000 move in for 9 months and do nothing but take advantage of every service available. Then they move back to their homes and the city council counts the money. Talk about tourist trap Fayetteville is it. There is better shopping in every town surrounding Fayetteville. The NWA mall is in south Springdale or Johnson or maybe Fayetteville but that is for taxes only it is called the NWA Mall. She needs to stay in Fayetteville so the area citys won't have people that are so selfish. It really sounds like someone who isn't from Arkansas in the first place.

Posted by: troutjig

January 5, 2013 at 11:14 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

"The difference between Me and the City of Fudville is that if you come to visit me, I won't charge you to park."......ME

Posted by: JailBird

January 5, 2013 at 3:53 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

RE "Seems Fayetteville is full of people with her mentality."
Then you break into the same sort of screed about Fayetteville, as you are wont to do. You also complain about Springdale quite a bit. Seems Lowell is full of people with her mentality.

RE "Talk about tourist trap Fayetteville is it."
Talk about a speed trap: Lowell is it.

RE "The NWA mall is in south Springdale or Johnson or maybe Fayetteville but that is for taxes only it is called the NWA Mall."
Although it is in Fayetteville, it is called the Northwest Arkansas Mall because it was built as a regional mall. It has served shoppers from all over the region for most of its existence. Should they have built it in Lowell?

Speaking of Lowell, what ever happened to the 1941 Cafe?

Posted by: AlphaCat

January 5, 2013 at 4:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I wouldn't expect anyone living outside Fayetteville to understand this wonderful article.

Posted by: doug10181011

January 5, 2013 at 6:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I have lived in Fayetteville plenty enough to understand this article is stupid and arrogant.

Posted by: Tankersley101

January 5, 2013 at 7:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

It should be noted that the print title and bank for this commentary piece are
"Fayetteville Best Place To Live
"Public schools, libraries, feel of community make city desirable."
The online title is more antagonistic, to the detriment of the commentary.

That said, the article says more about its author than about the citizens of Fayetteville. I don't know any residents of Fayetteville-- true locals or others-- who have "a certain defining disdain for anywhere but Fayetteville." Sympathy, perhaps, but not disdain.

Posted by: AlphaCat

January 5, 2013 at 11:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Well written, Alpha. You are correct.

Posted by: Tankersley101

January 6, 2013 at 12:44 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Alphafat, you are the only one talking Lowell. Just because a person has a mailing address doesn't mean they live in the city.

Posted by: troutjig

January 6, 2013 at 6:11 a.m. ( | suggest removal )


RE "Just because a person has a mailing address doesn't mean they live in the city."
I am well aware of that fact; my own street address is in a city that my house is not in. I was just pointing out that Fayetteville is not the only place around here where people can be found carping about cities they don't live in.

I take it you don't know what happened to the 1941 Cafe.

Posted by: AlphaCat

January 6, 2013 at 1:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )