It's not often our friends to the north in Fresno have much kind to say about Bakersfield.
So we were surprised to see the March issue of Central Valley magazine feature a complimentary story titled "What's So Great About Bakersfield?"
Longtime Fresno Bee staffer Gail Marshall (the magazine is a Bee product) writes glowingly of our town, saying "My loss!" in apologizing for driving through but never stopping in Bakersfield all these years.
"Bakersfield was recently named as a top city for strong economic vitality and growth. So maybe it's time we Fresnans stop pooh-poohing Bakersfield and take a closer look." Indeed.
What follows is a four-page read highlighting the normal hotspots like the Crystal Palace, Dewar's, the Padre Hotel, but also some lesser-publicized spots like J's Place and Coconut Joe's.
Not saying peace between the two cities is at hand, but it's a nice gesture, nonetheless, to get a pat on the back instead of a pie in the face.
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