Jun 14 - Top Ten America's Dirtiest Cities

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Jun 14 - Top Ten America's Dirtiest Cities
 

 

TOP 10 DIRTIEST U.S. CITIES

1. New Orleans
2. Philadelphia
3. Los Angeles
4. Memphis
5. New York
6. Baltimore
7. Las vegas
8. Miami
9. Atlanta
10. Houston
How do you define a city's soul? For a lot of travelers, it's in the dirt.

Atlanta ad exec Patrick Scullin, for instance, loves Baltimore—but not because it's particularly pristine. "Yes, there's litter, smokers, and graffiti," he says, "but that's just life going on. The air sometimes offends, but a cool breeze off the harbor can ease all worries. It's a gem of a city."

While such sentiments don't appear in tourist brochures, that glorious grit has landed Baltimore in the Top 10 dirtiest cities, as chosen by Travel + Leisure readers in the annual America's Favorite Cities survey. Of course, visitors gauge "dirty" in a variety of ways: litter, air pollution, even the taste of local tap water.

This year's American State Litter Scorecard, published by advocacy group the American Society for Public Administration, put both Nevada and Louisiana in the bottom five—echoing the a.ssessment of T+L readers who ranked Las Vegas and New Orleans among America's dirtiest cities.

Likewise, the American Lung a.ssociation releases an annual State of the Air report, listing cities with the least (and most) pollution. Not surprisingly, Los Angeles fared poorly again this year—but so did Phoenix, which T+L readers actually ranked among the top 15 "cleanest."

It just goes to show that for casual visitors, passing judgment on a city's dirt factor is pretty subjective—and may even have a lot to do with a general vibe. Many of the cities that ranked poorly in the AFC survey also tanked when it came to environmental awareness, nice public parks, or pedestrian-friendly streets.

On the bright side, those same dirty cities also offer a lot of, well, atmosphere. Memphis, Las Vegas, and Miami ranked highly for having great bar scenes, live music, or quirky people-watching.

So while no one would dissuade a city from doing some renovations or stepping up its recycling, there is something to be said for a little disheveled charm. "I love New York City because it's not pristine," says Kaamna Bhojwani-Dhawan, founder of family travel site MomAboard. "It's a city that has never shunned a chance to fully experience life—and it has the scars to prove it."


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 7 years ago '07        #2
Ghost Terp 18 heat pts18
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Philadelphia is disgusting
 7 years ago '04        #3
Aesop730 14 heat pts14
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Dirty a.ss cities .. Im glad the D aint on there ..
 7 years ago '09        #4
Msfourfteleven 23 heat pts23
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 SM said:



How do you define a city's soul? For a lot of travelers, it's in the dirt.

Atlanta ad exec Patrick Scullin, for instance, loves Baltimore—but not because it's particularly pristine. "Yes, there's litter, smokers, and graffiti," he says, "but that's just life going on. The air sometimes offends, but a cool breeze off the harbor can ease all worries. It's a gem of a city."While such sentiments don't appear in tourist brochures, that glorious grit has landed Baltimore in the Top 10 dirtiest cities, as chosen by Travel + Leisure readers in the annual America's Favorite Cities survey. Of course, visitors gauge "dirty" in a variety of ways: litter, air pollution, even the taste of local tap water.

This year's American State Litter Scorecard, published by advocacy group the American Society for Public Administration, put both Nevada and Louisiana in the bottom five—echoing the a.ssessment of T+L readers who ranked Las Vegas and New Orleans among America's dirtiest cities.

Likewise, the American Lung a.ssociation releases an annual State of the Air report, listing cities with the least (and most) pollution. Not surprisingly, Los Angeles fared poorly again this year—but so did Phoenix, which T+L readers actually ranked among the top 15 "cleanest."

It just goes to show that for casual visitors, passing judgment on a city's dirt factor is pretty subjective—and may even have a lot to do with a general vibe. Many of the cities that ranked poorly in the AFC survey also tanked when it came to environmental awareness, nice public parks, or pedestrian-friendly streets.

On the bright side, those same dirty cities also offer a lot of, well, atmosphere. Memphis, Las Vegas, and Miami ranked highly for having great bar scenes, live music, or quirky people-watching.

So while no one would dissuade a city from doing some renovations or stepping up its recycling, there is something to be said for a little disheveled charm. "I love New York City because it's not pristine," says Kaamna Bhojwani-Dhawan, founder of family travel site MomAboard. "It's a city that has never shunned a chance to fully experience life—and it has the scars to prove it."




 7 years ago '07        #5
wtr1906 45 heat pts45
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What??? No midwest cities (specifically Ohio cities)??? I cant believe it but good list....i guess
 7 years ago '06        #6
ClevelandRay 
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 wtr1906 said:
What??? No midwest cities (specifically Ohio cities)??? I cant believe it but good list....i guess
Nope, to be honet we are one of the cleaner areas now - the upside to the loss of companies in the area; waste. I still would think NYC would be number one - just so many people its hard to keep clean
 7 years ago '07        #7
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glad to see oakland didn't make it
 7 years ago '05        #8
poeknock 5 heat pts
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I knew philly would be on there
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Ghost Terp 18 heat pts18
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 poeknock said:
I knew philly would be on there

Anybody that has ever been to Philly knew that they were going to be on this list
 7 years ago '09        #10
TERRANCE CRACK 48 heat pts48
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 ghost8 said:
Anybody that has ever been to Philly knew that they were going to be on this list
new york is mad dirtier than philly
 7 years ago '08        #11
foestacks 13 heat pts13
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Miami?
 06-14-2011, 10:48 AM         #12
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Miami?
its bigger than just south beach
 7 years ago '05        #13
TCalico87 36 heat pts36
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Memphis on another list!


For those of you who have never been to Memphis, its not that bad.
 7 years ago '08        #14
RustyLorcin 11 heat pts11
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In terms of dirtiest and grimmest looking city, no doubt is Philly. Baltimore was pretty nice, i liked it and maybe it should not be in that list.


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 7 years ago '05        #15
Clutch City Kid 139 heat pts139
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Seattle sh*ts on a soooo many of the major cities!!!
 7 years ago '06        #16
bigkilla 11 heat pts11
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I honestly never been to most spots but I still think NYC should be number 1.. the amout of tourists and just people that don't give a fu*k is ridiculous every day.
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 TERRANCE CRACK said:
new york is mad dirtier than philly
No way in hell. I went to college near there, and just visited some friends in CCity, that place is a dump.
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Ghost Terp 18 heat pts18
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 RustyLorcin said:
In terms of dirtiest and grimmest looking city, no doubt is Philly. Baltimore was pretty nice, i liked it and maybe it should not be in that list.

Baltimore definitely belongs on this. You probably only have been to downtown BMore around the harbor. Everything outside of that is a complete dump.
 06-14-2011, 03:01 PM         #19
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Atlanta stay losing
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I just drove through memphis last week and felt that i needed a shower
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