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Old 02-11-2010, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Cleanest:

1. Portland (Oregon)
2. San Jose (California)
3. Buffalo (New York)
4. Columbus(Ohio)
5. San Francisco(California)
6. Denver(Colorado)
7. Rochester (New York)
8. Austin (Texas)
9. Orlando(Florida)
10. San Diego(California)

Dirtiest:

1. Chicago (Illinois)
2. New York(New York)
3. Pittsburgh(Pennsylvania)
4. St. Louis(Missouri)
5. Birmingham(Alabama)
6. Kansas City (Missouri)
7. Philadelphia(Pennsylvania)
8. Boston(Massachusetts)
9. Los Angeles(California)
10. Houston (Texas)


Do you live in one of the cleanest cities in the US? | Green Business Bureau (http://www.gbb.org/news/cleanest-cities-usa - broken link)

and

America's Cleanest Cities - Forbes.com
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Old 02-11-2010, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Somewhere below Mason/Dixon
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This list cant be accurate. I dont see Detoilet Mi on the list of dirty towns.
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Old 02-11-2010, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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Chicago's downtown area is spotless.

I know the criteria is supposed to be about water quality and air and stuff like that, but Chicago in person is as neat as a button.

Anyway, my 2 cents.
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Old 02-11-2010, 09:46 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Chicago's downtown area is spotless.

I know the criteria is supposed to be about water quality and air and stuff like that, but Chicago in person is as neat as a button.

Anyway, my 2 cents.
I agree, Chicago struck me as a really clean city considering it's size.
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Old 02-11-2010, 09:50 PM
 
Location: Houston
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Is it bad that I'm actually impressed by the "cleaness" of LA and Houston because their number 9 and 10 instead of 1 and 2?
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Old 02-11-2010, 09:55 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I agree, Chicago struck me as a really clean city considering it's size.
It' almost spotless compared to some other large/larger cities.

I really like all the flowers/planting beds/hanging baskets that you see EVERYWHERE in warmer weather. Just beautiful.
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Old 02-11-2010, 10:39 PM
 
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WHAT! Birmingham is a dirty city! A LIE!
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Old 02-11-2010, 10:47 PM
 
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WHAT! Birmingham is a dirty city! A LIE!
If they're referring to air pollution, then it would be somewhat accurrate. The Jones Valley can get quite bad with smog sometimes.
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Old 02-12-2010, 12:35 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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WHAT! Birmingham is a dirty city! A LIE!
What are you smoking sir?
I love Bama, and most of my family lives in Birmingham, but honestly, it's really got a dirty feel and look to it. Raised from the steel industry to reflect that blue-collar lifestyle B-ham was founded upon...
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Old 02-12-2010, 02:08 AM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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It' almost spotless compared to some other large/larger cities.

I really like all the flowers/planting beds/hanging baskets that you see EVERYWHERE in warmer weather. Just beautiful.
The link from Green Business states, "Do not take the rankings (neither these nor similar others) at face value. If you are going to use these listings as guidelines, then delve deeper my friend."

Also it's largely going on air and water pollution plus waste management. If I understand it a city could have little litter, and good hygiene, but still count as "dirty" by what they mean. The presence or absence of plants might also not matter that much, but I'm not sure there.
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