Monday, November 17, 2008

Malden Monday: Surprise!

Have you heard? BusinessWeek voted Malden the best affordable city in Massachusetts for raising children.

There is nothing wrong with the short descriptive blurb. I agree completely.

Here's an example of local news coverage of the designation:

I must say I share in the skepticism. I have some experience with Malden's public school system, and I guess I'd say that if your kid is on the straight and narrow, they'll be just fine. Malden High sends kids to Harvard and other top-notch schools every year--Revere High, when I went there, did not. But, it's hard to keep your kids on the straight and narrow here. I'm not sure if that's the nature of living in a city, where kids have more mobility and independence than those stranded in the suburbs, reliant on parents who have the ability to shape their children's social lives. Or is it something else?

I like the response of my friend, Paul Malden:

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