Port: Hey New York Times, don’t be so surprised that Fargo is a nice place


The setting sun baths downtown Fargo in a golden glow in ealrly August. Doug Burgum is taking his interest in downtown revitalization on the gubernatorial campaign trail with a newly announced pitch he calls his Main Street Initiative. David Samson / The Forum

MINOT, N.D. — Freelance journalist Danielle Braff, in a recent travel dispatch published by The New York Times , had some very nice things to say about Fargo.

In a lengthy profile, studded with beautiful pictures, Braff extolled the bars and restaurants and general cultural milieu of our state’s largest city. She even zoomed out a bit and gave a plug to the National Buffalo Museum in Jamestown.

Given all the nice words Braff had for the Fargo region, it is with some degree of reluctance that I must lodge a criticism: Did she really need to act so surprised that Fargo is an appealing place?

The condescension began at the beginning with the headline: “Geez, Even Fargo Has Gone Upscale.”

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