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View Poll Results: Which one of these cities has the highest % of its land area looking run-down?
NYC 7 8.97%
Philly 46 58.97%
Chicago 25 32.05%
Voters: 78. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 05-18-2013, 10:42 PM
 
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This is strictly about looks, and not necessarily about high crime cuz many cities with high crime and ghetto parts don't look that bad visually. For example, Compton, CA doesn't look nearly as bad as Camden, NJ even tho they are both hood. In reverse, some places look bad, but are not high crime (example-most of NYC). So based on general ugliness, state of disrepair, filth, dirtiness, abundance of urban decay and slums that make a place look like 3rd world, what are the worst looking major cities/metros?
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Old 05-18-2013, 11:22 PM
 
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the poll is on those cuz im wonderin how they compare, but the discussion should be on any cities
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Old 05-19-2013, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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I hate to say it, but there are large tracts of North Philly, in particular, that look like Mogadishu. It's pretty rough, and these areas are large, really not at all attractive enough to encourage gentrification.
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Old 05-19-2013, 09:21 PM
 
Location: Hollywood, CA
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You should have added Detroit and Baltimore to the poll.
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Old 05-19-2013, 09:33 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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I hate to say it, but there are large tracts of North Philly, in particular, that look like Mogadishu. It's pretty rough, and these areas are large, really not at all attractive enough to encourage gentrification.
Hmmm Mogadishu?
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Old 05-20-2013, 10:37 AM
 
Location: NYC Metro
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i dont know about others, but except for a few parts here and there, nyc is one giant slum, esp if u count the metro area, some places in nj are awful
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Old 05-20-2013, 12:58 PM
 
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chicago doesnt look bad at all
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Old 05-20-2013, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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I hate to say it, but there are large tracts of North Philly, in particular, that look like Mogadishu. It's pretty rough, and these areas are large, really not at all attractive enough to encourage gentrification.
Lol that is just a bit of an exaggeration. Also, you couldn't be more wrong. Areas like Fairmount, Spring Garden and Northern Liberties looked bombed out and atrocious just 20 years ago. Now they are gentrified and house $800k+ rowhomes. So your theory is shot.

There are also plenty of places around the country which look just as bad, if not worse than North Philadelphia.
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Old 05-21-2013, 01:05 AM
 
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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chicago doesnt look bad at all
Yep. There are some bad looking areas and definitely older, but even some of the high crime areas don't look bad. If you go back to say the 70s and before, some areas looked bad but they've cleaned up most of those areas pretty nicely.

These houses are in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago, which is probably the worst neighborhood of Chicago. However, these are nice houses and the neighborhood looks great. It's near Oak Park which is real safe, but it's still in a neighborhood that's considered extremely dangerous. Like over 200 homicides in the last 6 years dangerous:

Austin Historic District, Chicago - a set on Flickr


Englewood, one of the top 3 or 5 worst neighborhoods:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi..._Chicago_1.JPG
http://www.dreamtown.com/photos/neig...glewood-14.jpg
http://i.istockimg.com/file_thumbvie...od-chicago.jpg

Humboldt Park:
http://www.renthererealty.com//images/areas/35.jpg
http://www.wbez.org/system/files/sty...20Ave%29_0.jpg

However you will find stuff that looks like this sometimes or other older more neglected areas:
http://www.chicagoreader.com/imager/...mes-magnum.jpg
http://abagond.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/chicago.jpg (this area is just old..not that bad)




Most people who voted for Chicago have probably never actually been to the ghetto. There's a lot that looks completely fine (and yeah some that doesn't, but it's less than you'd think). I think some of the worst looking places are ones like East St. Louis and Gary, Indiana.

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Old 05-21-2013, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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How can you have q poll for the entire country when you can only choose one of three cities?
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