Tarboro ranked 6th best place in North Carolina for 2015 in MidLaw Rankings

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RoadSnacks ranked Tarboro the third worst place in North Carolina last week. It’s “the real pits,” they said. My friend, John Graham wasted no time calling attention to that.

No one should be surprised. At least this year’s rank is better than last year’s. But MidLaw was surprised because MidLaw made a site visit two weeks ago. It was legwork for the MidLaw Rankings and also to see Jim Hussey. Things were in good shape then.

People were in good spirits. The place looks pretty good. (Much better than the photo RoadSnacks published.)

But RoadSnack rankings focus on computer things, numbers. And they even read those wrong. For example, they counted low real estate prices as a bad things. Really? The up-side of low real estate prices is that there are extraordinary opportunities to buy property in Tarboro right now. I’m thinking that should boost it onto the “Great Places” list; certainly not land it among the “Worst Places.” Few places in North Carolina can boast the equal of Tarboro’s historic district.

Also: food is virtually charging out of the ground down there. Sweet corn from northwest Edgecombe County is the best in world this year. Edgecombe tomatoes are in the top 10. And, although final results are not yet in, Edgecombe melons always qualify for honorable mention or better, worldwide. (MidLaw must report however, in the interests of objective reportage based on experience from some time back, that the best melons in the world – which must be eaten to be believed – are from Afghanistan.)

In recent weeks the announcement of a new venture has come: beer. A brewery in downtown Tarboro. It will complement On the Square, Tarboro’s celebrated high cuisine restaurant. Beer is not new to Tarboro. People have been drinking it there for some time and sometimes in prodigious quantities. But a brewery? That will be new.

And, even as tobacco seems on a steady decline in Edgecombe, sweet potatoes are on the rise. If sweet potatoes rise, can chickpeas be far behind?

MidLaw has considered these and other factors in light of that ignominious RoadSnack ranking. Upon reflection, MidLaw is prepared to announce its own ranking.

In the future, when public references are made to the RoadSnack ranking, please point out that Tarboro is listed in the MidLaw Rankings for the same period as “6th Best” in the State.

[Note: MidLaw’s rankings for other places in the state have not yet been assigned. However, the likelihood that Tarboro’s ranking might be lowered as other rankings are assigned is considered to be quite remote.]

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