Thank you NY Times for calling us out! I don't regret my move to RI one bit, but to keep you all in the loop, this is what life in the Little Rhody is like: NY Times, March 1, 2009
In summary: Second highest unemployment rate, small state=too much back scratching, high foreclosure rates, less educated residents, mob culture, corrupt politicians, fifth-worst business climate in the nation, etc. etc.
Jealous? Surely not. You don't have to move here, just come visit!:D On a positive note RI does have 11 colleges including Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design (two top universities), the most beautiful housing stock, hills, green spaces, beaches, you name it. If you can dream it, it's at least within a 3.5 hour drive!
PS This picture from the article is across the street from my apartment! Beautiful building, sad current state. But don't panic, it's on the far end of Main Street away from the busyness of downtown, which by the way, once the highway is relocated will be thriving once again:D And, no that's not Andrew and I walking, unfortunately.