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Old 09-20-2013, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Obviously Detroit. Buffalo seems pretty miserable too. So does Rochester, to a lesser extent. Baltimore and Philadelphia as well.

 
Old 09-20-2013, 06:24 PM
 
Location: East Bay Area
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How? Those cities have the highest crime in the US. Gang violence, drug lords, thuggery, debauchery, hedonism, general malaise and pestilence.
You mean crime rates. But it doesn't translate into being miserable cities. There's a lot of demand to live in "miserable" Oakland, enough for it to have the hottest housing market in the nation. Your laundry list can be found in every big city. And with every big city, violent crime is localized to certain neighborhoods rather than be dispersed throughout the city.
 
Old 09-20-2013, 10:08 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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Los Angeles has got to be one: urban sprawl, road rage, horrendous traffic congestion, 40% of the population cannot properly speak/write in English, high unemployment rates, lots of gangs...
Even if this were true (it obviously isn't), the fact that you felt the need to point it out says more about how miserable YOU are, not the city.
 
Old 09-20-2013, 10:55 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Unless there's a universally accepted "misery index" methodology which can objectively measure each city, you'll never have an answer to the question. You'll only get a bunch of individual opinions. In that case, you'd then have to subscribe to the idea of the wisdoms of crowds and get enough people to weigh-in on the topic. Then you'd have to justify a number that makes up a "crowd" in the first place. Oh...it's giving me a headache!
 
Old 09-20-2013, 10:56 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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I am aware of the subjective nature of this question, but I'm curious to see what some opinions are. I've seen lists generated online but I'd like to hear some of your thoughts on this.
How can a city feel miserable?

Do cities even have feelings?
 
Old 09-20-2013, 11:40 PM
 
Location: Deep in the Woods
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How can a city feel miserable?

Do cities even have feelings?
Interesting point. Though I wonder if there could be a difference in the demeanor of people overall in a city like Detroit, in comparison to a city like Honolulu, for example.
 
Old 09-20-2013, 11:47 PM
 
Location: Deep in the Woods
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Obviously Detroit. Buffalo seems pretty miserable too. So does Rochester, to a lesser extent. Baltimore and Philadelphia as well.
Hmm, I don't really find Philadelphia to be a particularly miserable city. There does seem to be disadvantaged pockets with unfriendly people, but overall I think Philadelphians are overly prideful in their city, if anything. I think Philly is transitioning quite a bit too, into a more white collar, dare I say, even hipster city. Its like a cheaper Brooklyn in many areas now. So, it'll be interesting to see how that changes the city.

Buffalo / Rochester probably seem more miserable in the winter, when its brown, grey, and cloudy. Its got a really great summer and fall climate though, and probably happier citizens during that time.
 
Old 09-21-2013, 08:54 AM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Even if this were true (it obviously isn't), the fact that you felt the need to point it out says more about how miserable YOU are, not the city.
 
Old 09-21-2013, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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St. Louis? St. Louis is a wonderful city, the people there are very proud of their city, and are not at all miserable. It gets a bad rap from people who have never been there, because of a quirk of geography: The highly publicized crime rate is very high in the city proper, because the confined space of the city proper encompasses only the inner city, but Metro St. Louis has no worse crime rate than any other metro of comparable size.
 
Old 09-21-2013, 09:26 AM
 
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