Nathanial Orr, a semi-recent transplant to Great Falls, offers some civil criticism of our fair community in a guest entry over at Electric City Weblog. He starts off with:
I’ve never enjoyed being a naysayer. However, when I am continually being told that Great Falls is a wonderful place to live, and I’m experiencing something different, I am often driven to the point of frustration. I am writing this critique with no intention of offending those around me, because I have met some absolutely wonderful and genuine people during my time here. Instead, I would like to focus on some objective realities about Great Falls with the aim of beginning a dialogue.
He makes a few valid points, but those points are very minor compared to all of the great things about our community.
Which reminds me: in conjunction with Orr’s commentary, you might want to read this entry from 2005 in which Claire Baiz lamented Great Falls’ status compared to other large Montana communities.
“Sadly,” she wrote, “Great Falls fills the role of the ugly stepsister of Montana cities. You want the smart one, date Missoula. You want the rowdy one, see Butte. The up-and-comer? Billings. The sister with clout? Helena. The popular girls? Try the Valley Girls from Kalispell or Bozeman.”
This conversation is just getting started.