"Everybody talks about quality of life, but what does that mean? I think it means creating unique places to live where the best and the brightest want to go live and be a part of that community," Haslam said.
Be that as it may, Pith can't resist pointing out that it also probably means not living under the thumb of overbearing, puritanical social conservatives in the legislature who undo the progressive ordinances of your duly elected city council and ram their intolerant beliefs down your throat. (OK, we feel a little better now. Venting is a healthy thing. ) We are referring, of course, to the new state law—which Haslam signed—that overturned Nashville's anti-gay bias ordinance and barred any city anywhere in Tennessee from adopting such an ordinance ever again. As Mayor Karl Dean said at the time:
“In terms of business, it would have been a good thing for Nashville because it would have set Nashville off as an open city, which I think helps you bring business to the city when you have a representation for openness and inclusiveness. Companies and dynamic, creative businesses are looking to be in cities like that.”