Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Not All Publicity Is Good Publicity

Rachael Daigle of the Boise Weekly picked up on the Newsweek story about "Idaho slumlord" who had varying degrees of dishonest degrading things to say about Pocatello. Go check out her piece at BW and please read the response of local newsman Jimmy Hancock (following the intro by Jenny Hopkins) who takes Newsweek to task for not doing more research for their original piece.


Anonymous said...

Yeah, I don't know what I think about the article. I remember Pocatello had charms that Idaho Falls never will.

I also think that he describes all towns in the US (unless they are those yuppie suburban places most of us can't afford to live in) in his descriptions of Poky.

And I AM from Appalachia, so it's hard for me to be offended by that, I liked it about as well as most places...

Anonymous said...

Tara, what did you think? Did you think it was a disparaging article about Pocatello, or about a town where he bought a slummy property?


Jessica said...

One thing about renting in Pocatello is that a lot of places for rent, especially near campus, are disgusting. I am speaking mainly about one and two bedroom places. I always had a hard time finding a place that wasn't in desperate need of repair.

I finally found a place two blocks from campus that was old, dirty, but not run down. It was like finding a needle in a haystack and I ended up living there for 2 years. You could usually find better places for rent if you were willing to live with roommates, or live farther from campus, but also pay more in rent. No thanks.

As far as the article, it certainly didn't do anything to enhance the reputation of Pocatello, but it also made the author look like an ass.

For what it's worth, I love Pocatello, but I could never settle there. It's a great place to go to college and for some people, a great place to settle down with their family. I think it will only get better each year. If the author stops being an ass and starts treating his "investment" like he should, I think he'll be pretty happy when he goes to sell.