Wednesday, June 29, 2011

America's Dirtiest Cities

How manage you characterise a city’s soul? For many of travelers, it’s in the dirt.

Atlanta publicity exec Patrick Scullin, for example, loves Baltimore—but not because it’s especially pristine. “Yes, there’s litter, smokers, and graffiti,” he states, “but that’s just life going on. The air occasionally outrages, but acooling breeze off the harbor can alleviate all worries. It’s a gem of a city.”

While such sentiments don’t emerge in tourist brochures, that glorious grit has set down Baltimore in the Top 10 dirtiest towns, as selected by Travel + Leisure readers in the yearly America’s Favorite Cities survey. Of course,tourists measure “dirty” in a kind of ways: litter, air contamination, even the flavour of localized tap water.

This year’s American State Litter Scorecard, released by advocacy assembly the American Society for Public Administration, put both Nevada and Louisiana in the base five—echoing the evaluation of T+L readers whograded Las Vegas and New Orleans amidst America’s dirtiest cities.

No. 1 New Orleans


Can you envisage the cleanup needed after Mardi Gras? Both visitors and Mother Nature have occasionally been hard on the Crescent City, which readers cast a vote the dirtiest in America. But that doesn’t halt the good times from revolving on. Voters adopted the city’s fun-loving essence, grading New Orleans first for its nightlife and eclectic people-watching.

No. 1 New Orleans

No. 2 Philadelphia


The City of Brotherly Love was cast a vote the fourth dirtiest town last year and just narrowly bypassed the peakslot for sloppy this time around. The local persons may not be assisting with those first impressions—they gradedbeside the base of the method class, as well as in the base five for being environmentally aware.


No. 2 Philadelphia

No. 3 Los Angeles


That infamous rep for smog is strong to shake: the City of Angels, which is No. 3 for the second year in a strip,extends to manage badly in nationwide air-quality tests. AFC voters furthermore put traffic-clogged Los Angeles in last location for being pedestrian-friendly and in the base three for general value of life.

No. 3 Los Angeles

No. 4 Memphis


Nothing is neat about barbecue or the blues, two of Memphis’s large-scale tourist draws. This town on the banks of The Big Muddy has more to work on than dirtiness; it came in last location in the AFC for being environmentallyamicable, as well as for feeling safe.

No. 4 Memphis

No. 5 New York City


Last year’s dirtiest town is looking a little fresher these days. But AFC voters appear to champion New York because of its less-than-sterile vibe, and not in spite of it. There’s world-class heritage, cooling neighborhoods, and varied locals. Just be arranged to yield for it: NYC graded as the most costly town in the nation.

No. 5 New York City
No. 6 Baltimore

The Inner Harbor is a crowd-pleaser, but AFC voters weren’t influenced by Charm City’s general cleanliness or its more land-based features. Baltimore came in next-to-last location for its public reserves, inns, and even intriguingpeople.

No. 6 Baltimore

No. 7 Las Vegas


This is the No. 1 village for untamed weekends, so it’s no shock that Vegas makes it into the Top 10 for soileddisarray. Impressively, Sin City has really advanced its standing by two slots since last year. And if you’re eager to splurge, any semblance of grittiness may disappear: Vegas tallied No. 1 for luxury inns and No. 2 for both luxurybuying and big-name restaurants.

No. 7 Las Vegas

No. 8 Miami


AFC voters loved Miami’s bar view and its upscale dining, but all that hoopla takes its toll on a person—and on a city. AFC voters graded the Florida warm location badly not only for cleanliness but for safety.

No. 8 Miami

No. 9 Atlanta


Many towns that made the dirtiest Top 10 tallied well for having a vivid nightlife, cooling neighborhoods, or largereside music. Alas, Atlanta couldn’t assertion any of those in the survey. At smallest the town has its quality—and sloppy—barbecue going for it.

No. 9 Atlanta

No. 10 Houston


This oil village could stand a green makeover, as asserted by AFC voters. Its cleanliness tally worsened by fourlocations since last year. The general vibe left AFC voters liking, too. They graded Houston beside the base for itsreserves and weather. The city’s collective ego can take large dignity in one thing: it covered the AFC journals for its juicy (and no question messy) burgers.

No. 10 Houston

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