A colleague sent a link to a piece on Bacon's Rebellion about Richmond being cited as demonstrating evidence of becoming a World City, which got me thinking in about six different directions. One of which was what exactly the evidence was.
Sadly, it was Richmond's status as a minor global legal services center. Although that's nothing to sneeze at, it's a shame it didn't have more to do with the region's burgeoning reputation as a cultural mecca, or our downtown dining scene, or the explosion of weblogs.
Having said that, the fact that Richmond continues to land on lists -- World Cities, regions dodging the economic collapse, best place for business and careers, etc. -- suggests to me that the Richmond region remains that kid in high school who still can't see that she's becoming an attractive young woman.
Maybe there should be another list for cities suffering from the Ugly Duckling Syndrome.