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Not-so-hot list not so hot in Albertville: City ranks eighth in list, Rotarians invite columnist to explain why he wrote it

Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 3:55 pm | Updated: 4:57 pm, Wed Feb 20, 2013.

Birmingham News columnist John Archibald spoke to a packed house of Albertville Rotarians and guests Tuesday.

Archibald was there to explain his recent article that ranked Albertville as the eighth-worst city in a ranking of Alabama cities with a population over 20,000.

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  • jdawson1237 posted at 10:19 am on Fri, Feb 22, 2013.

    jdawson1237 Posts: 2

    I've spent some time in / around Albertville and all I saw was an overwhelming amount of "diversity" and people who seemed to be really proud of their city but I'm not sure why at all. They did something to their downtown and then let it go to shame. I'm not sure what the argument is here. I would probably push it down the list further because of its lack of interstate access.

  • Revolutionary posted at 1:48 pm on Thu, Feb 21, 2013.

    Revolutionary Posts: 58

    @cbsboaz35957 That's right. I'm sure there is NO WAY people from Boaz, like yourself, have voted in the poll just to make it look worse for Albertville. I'm sure that would never happen.

  • cbsboaz35957 posted at 11:53 am on Thu, Feb 21, 2013.

    cbsboaz35957 Posts: 365

    I hate to break it to you stocklaw but currently the SMR has a poll on this website asking the public if they think his assessment was correct and almost 59% agree with him.

  • OldChief posted at 9:10 am on Thu, Feb 21, 2013.

    OldChief Posts: 88

    It does not suck....It stinks...bad!

  • stocklaw posted at 6:23 am on Thu, Feb 21, 2013.

    stocklaw Posts: 8

    A typical Birmingham News liberal who think it is a nagative for a city not tobe "diverse".
    In other words, run over by blacks. The whiter the cities the less crime and better educated is the population. But liberals can't handle the truth.

  • cbsboaz35957 posted at 8:40 pm on Wed, Feb 20, 2013.

    cbsboaz35957 Posts: 365

    I read this guys article 3-4 weeks ago on He hit the nail right on the head and pretty much all of the things that sink Albertville into the toilet is the low median income. The rest of the factors all get better when a population has the ability to afford a more secure and healthy life.

  • youngpupster posted at 5:18 pm on Wed, Feb 20, 2013.

    youngpupster Posts: 147

    Here's a translation of this article -

    Archibald - "Albertville sucks"

    Albertville - "No it doesn't!"

    Archibald - "Sadly, you do, and here's why..."

    Albertville - "Yeah, I guess we do suck. Why do you have to be so mean about it though?"

    Archibald - "Well, there's no nice way to say you suck. But when compared to the rest of Alabama, you do suck."

    Albertville - *tries to improve image but can't, so turns a blind eye and continues to suck*

    Archibald - "At least you are not the worst. But you are pretty bad."

    Albertville - *hangs head in shame*