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GV: Hippo Best of 2018


04/12/18



 So how do Hippo readers feel about where they live? Pretty darn good.  

Many readers expressed this by saying what we are not. For example, we are not Massachusetts, New Jersey or Vermont or, my personal favorite, “no terrifying natural disasters (generally speaking).” 
But most thought of New Hampshire as a really nice place to live with low crime, quiet neighborhoods, light traffic, beautiful scenery, just enough city but not too much and great people. 
At the base of what we do every year in this readers’ poll is ask our community what they like about it. And it really comes down to people and snow.  
Yep, more people voted for “tons” than a little or none. Though to be fair voting took place in February when it was nearly 70 degrees. The two back-to-back n’oreasters in early March surely put a chill on that. Those two snowstorms actually put a pretty good dent in our counting efforts, pushing back this issue by two weeks, the first time that has happened in 17 years. 
For me the best thing about our annual readers’ poll is that it’s our community telling us what they value about their community, from great teachers to great events to great places to take a hike. What the results don’t show (and can’t for the sake of space) is the breadth of picks. 
For example, in our best restaurant category people voted for hundreds and hundreds of restaurants. This type of voting is the opposite of what we have to choose from in politics — many times the best of the worst. Here people just choose their favorite and they might be the only one that feels that way — and that’s great. It gives us a sense of place. 
We further explore those favorites in our annual magazine Cool Things About New Hampshire (due out in about six weeks). 
We also use the results of the readers’ picks to put together stories about readers’ favorites throughout the year. So really, your picks do count and help us create interesting stories.  
Thank you for taking the time to vote this year and continuing to support independent journalism. 
Next week fellow Granite View columnist Fred Bramante will be arguing that some public schooling should be optional. Or will he?





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