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Old 11-16-2007, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Corvallis, OR
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I find it funny that some are arguing that Los Angeles is a clean city. To those people: have you ever been downtown, say 5th & Grand area (Skid Row)? Serious, I use to work in Fashion District, and Warehouse District, and it was filthy. I saw people crapping in the gutters all the time. The streets are completely filled with trash, and the entire area smells like urine. To top that off, you can literally watch people shooting heroin in this area on a regular basis.

As for cleanest, I would say Portland, Oregon and San Diego, California.
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Old 11-16-2007, 11:12 AM
 
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Cleanest I've seen ... Nashville. Toronto was even cleaner, but that's not U.S.

Dirtiest I've seen ... probably Detroit. Although Philly looked pretty ragged when I was there, too ...
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Old 11-16-2007, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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Dirtiest: Negombo, Sri Lanka (or Portsmouth, VA if we have to stay in the U.S. here. Parts of Jersey City are disgusting too)
Cleanest: Bern, Switzerland (In the U.S., any number of small towns that aren't home to smelly factories or food processing facilities or manure-covered crop fields)
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Old 11-16-2007, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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Immigrants don't know any better. Others just ride the wave of popular culture. Wannabes. Too much "Sex in The City", "TRL" and "Friends". Life in NYC is nothing like that. Unless your very wealthy. I honestly think a lot of people would at least like to visit, I don't think most people honestly want to live here. This is a pro city site on the internet so of course you are going to hear from a lot of NYC fans.

I really never understood why NYC is so filthy. The worse though is right before businesses open in the morning. Before they sweep up the sidewalks in front. You have to litterally kick your way through many retail areas in NYC in the early AM. Also the lower income areas are the filthiest overall.

Philly comes close, I guess it's due to the same factors just to a lesser extreme.

Some pictures of NYC filth:

http://www.filthymess.com/images/iloveny.jpg (broken link)
The cause of a lot of litter. Not enough, and always packed to the brim.

http://www.filthymess.com/images/trash_on_42nd.jpg (broken link)

http://www.filthymess.com/images/s_wendysfries.jpg (broken link)

http://www.filthymess.com/images/s_condom.jpg (broken link)

http://www.filthymess.com/images/s_citibankbag2.jpg (broken link)

NYC TRANSIT:

http://www.filthymess.com/images/rat.jpg (broken link)

http://www.filthymess.com/images/2ave.jpg (broken link)

http://www.filthymess.com/images/2ave2.jpg (broken link)

http://www.filthymess.com/images/ftrain.jpg (broken link)

http://www.filthymess.com/images/vomit2edit.jpg (broken link)

http://www.filthymess.com/images/crab_on_subway.jpg (broken link)

http://www.filthymess.com/images/s_gumstain2.jpg (broken link)

http://www.filthymess.com/images/s_stationtrash2.jpg (broken link)

http://www.filthymess.com/images/s_subpizza1.jpg (broken link)

http://www.filthymess.com/images/s_trashnews1.jpg (broken link)

http://www.filthymess.com/images/s_railties2.jpg (broken link)

Grand Central Station:

http://www.filthymess.com/images/s_gct_hudson2.jpg (broken link)

http://www.filthymess.com/images/s_gcttrash1.jpg (broken link)

http://www.filthymess.com/images/s_gct_box.jpg (broken link)



http://www.filthymess.com/images/s_tracktr4.jpg (broken link)
Ohhhhhhhh my goodness gracious! Was that New York?

Please somebody clean that up!
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Old 11-16-2007, 02:18 PM
 
Location: moving again
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No, you won't.
Actually, you truly will
after going to So many major US cities, its very true, you really can't deny it
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Old 11-16-2007, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Uniquely Individual Villages of the Megalopolis
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No, you won't.
You will see some places like this but actually I thought the pics were good for NY, they're relatively mild compared to what can be seen in subway stations and in some areas. Not of course the showy areas for tourists.

Believe me there are far worse scenes that can be taken, enough to puke a buzzard.

But in general NY's a lot less that way than it used to be but there are areas in North Manhattan and Brooklyn, Bronx you'll swear you're not in the US at all. Roads are in rubble, sidewalks and areas like an earthquake struck then every description of scattered refuse and debris everywhere.

It's a very large city and there are areas that exist most people usually never see out of their cocoons or have nothing to venture them those areas. But if you work for the city you might have to go them. Most people see nice or fairly nice areas, but there are plenty of totally disgusting areas in all the borroughs.
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Old 11-16-2007, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA / Los Angeles, CA
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I find it funny that some are arguing that Los Angeles is a clean city. To those people: have you ever been downtown, say 5th & Grand area (Skid Row)? Serious, I use to work in Fashion District, and Warehouse District, and it was filthy. I saw people crapping in the gutters all the time. The streets are completely filled with trash, and the entire area smells like urine. To top that off, you can literally watch people shooting heroin in this area on a regular basis.

As for cleanest, I would say Portland, Oregon and San Diego, California.
A lot of big cities have dirty downtowns and L.A. is huge with a gazillion people. Now the city and Southern Cali in general have some of the most impeccable perfectly landscaped neighborhoods you will find anywhere. I’d say like 80 to 90% of the L.A. metro is very clean IMO. There are neighborhoods in Compton with perfectly manicured yards. Street sweepers are everywhere in L.A. You damn near get arrested having your car in the way of a street sweeper in L.A. Trust me I know. I’ve paid so many tickets its ridiculous.

So I would say:
Southern California (L.A. area and San Diego area)
Seattle
Portland
San Jose
Phoenix
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Old 11-16-2007, 03:00 PM
 
Location: VA
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Seriously most cities in the US are pretty "clean" and relatively well maintained, and I've been to quite a few of them...Those pics are nothing to what I've seen in Indonesia.
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Old 11-16-2007, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Corvallis, OR
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Actually, most first-world Asian cities that I have been to (Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong) are much cleaner than ANY city in the US. Not just that, but there is a much smaller homeless problem, and the streets feel way safer (not saying homeless attribute to streets being unsafe).
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Old 11-16-2007, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Garland Texas
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Dirtiest : Bridgeport, CT
Cleanest : Austin, TX
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