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Old 07-01-2007, 10:53 PM
 
Location: southern california
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Old 07-01-2007, 11:20 PM
 
Location: Home is where we park it.
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Amazingly Atlanta isn't in the top 10 worst. Liz
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Old 07-01-2007, 11:27 PM
 
Location: southern california
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I always knew LA was a toilet but i had thought pittsburgh had been cleaned up.looks like i was wrong.
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Old 07-02-2007, 12:47 PM
 
Location: The 719
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We left the San Fernando Valley in the summer of 1977 for Southern Colorado. I remember days in the late 70's when the sun was Orange. Although I was 8, 9, or 10 years old and a non-smoker- I remember that on these high-smog days it would hurt to breathe. Denver was no picnic back then either.
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Old 07-02-2007, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Deep In The Heat Of Texas
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We left the San Fernando Valley in the summer of 1977 for Southern Colorado. I remember days in the late 70's when the sun was Orange. Although I was 8, 9, or 10 years old and a non-smoker- I remember that on these high-smog days it would hurt to breathe. Denver was no picnic back then either.
I left the San Fernando Valley in the fall of 1978, but I was 28. My kids were 5 and 2. That is one reason why we left California. I don't really think it has gotten worse over all these years. My friends that are still there say that it even seems to be better, at least in Burbank.

I remember when it would hurt to breathe, like after you have been swimming all day in a chlorine pool, take a deep breath, and that's how it felt to me.
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Old 07-03-2007, 02:19 PM
 
Location: MO Ozarkian in NE Hoosierana
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Like looking at the source data itself:

For long-term exposure
Cleanest 25: American Lung Association:*Air Pollution Facts & Air Quality Info - SOTA 2007 Table 5a - ALA State of the Air 2007 (http://lungaction.org/reports/sota07_table5a.html - broken link)
Dirtiest 25: American Lung Association:*Air Pollution Facts & Air Quality Info - SOTA 2007 Table 2a - ALA State of the Air 2007 (http://lungaction.org/reports/sota07_table2a.html - broken link)


james203 - I agree, had heard multiple sources/times that Pittsburgh had cleaned up, a lot, but,,, evidently not enough and/or they are downstream of other nasties. I am glad to see Chattanooga not on there tho'! Indy surprises me...
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Old 09-08-2008, 08:13 PM
 
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I always knew LA was a toilet but i had thought pittsburgh had been cleaned up.looks like i was wrong.
Actually Pittsburgh has been cleaned up, this survey is just very misleading (like all surveys). The American lung association took a reading from right next to the one remaining steel mill in the metro which happens to be far from the city itself (10 miles). They also ignored all of the much cleaner monitors throughout the metro. For some reason the idiots at the American Lung Association believe that this is an accurate method for measuring the overall air quality of a city. I will now personally thank the idiots for single-handedly setting the city of Pittsburgh back a couple of years as it tries to improve its image.
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Old 09-09-2008, 12:56 AM
 
Location: Rural Northern California
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I'm kind of surprised to see Salinas on the lists. Not because it's polluted, but more because it's not that important (don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with Salinas, and I love Of Mice and Men, but it's not a major city).
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Old 09-10-2008, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Chicago, Illinois
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I don't believe in the methods in which they conducted that study. How could New York City not be on the list?! All of those people, all of those cars, all of those industries...i don't buy it.
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Old 09-10-2008, 10:06 AM
 
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wind patterns/geography, transit use and not a lot of "dirty" industries.
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