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View Poll Results: What one main thing makes a town ugly to you?
The way its built 27 39.13%
The way the people look 4 5.80%
Not much vegitation 18 26.09%
Too much vegitation 0 0%
Deserted 5 7.25%
Too crowded 3 4.35%
Too Flat 2 2.90%
Too many hills 0 0%
other 10 14.49%
Voters: 69. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 01-02-2009, 10:09 PM
 
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Old, decaying infrastructure. Old bick buildings not kept up and cracked sidewalks, graffiti. A lot of Northeastern cities.
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Old 01-02-2009, 10:24 PM
 
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All the ugly, gross, stucco econobox houses with metal bars and endless sprawl of disgusting crappy low-rise strip malls and smog like in Los Angeles.

Looks sooooo ugly, I love pretty architecture that we study in books like the limestone or brick buildings in NYC, Paris, London, Chicago, Boston with with doormen, with good people living in them, not 10 illegals shacked up in a pink stucco bubble gum shacks in the backdrop of ugly cracked up, clogged, filthy highways with trash and dust on the emergency lanes and graffiti and barbwire covered up street signs tagged by the Crips and the LA MS17 gangs.
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Old 01-02-2009, 10:24 PM
 
Location: Katy-zuela
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Old, decaying infrastructure. Old bick buildings not kept up and cracked sidewalks, graffiti. A lot of Northeastern cities.
Tarrytown Station on the Metro-North comes to mind. Is this even being used (it was locked) or is it just sitting there for historical purposes like in Downtown Katy?
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Old 01-02-2009, 11:12 PM
 
Location: Georgia native in McKinney, TX
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I voted the way it is built as well. I hate telephone poles and wires strewn about haphazardly. In more barren places, like here in TX it really sticks out. I appreciate areas where they have taken the effort to bury the power lines.

Older, un zoned commercial areas with no cohesiveness is ugly, IMO. Strip centers can be designed to be attractive, but older ones that are flat and decaying with nothing but paved over parking is really sad.

The thing I hated back in GA and other areas of the south where the terrain is hilly is when a hill was dug into for a level lot and the rolling hillside was scarred. Should be zoning that requires such a development to be terraced with trees and other vegetation planted instead of a chopped hill =-- like a giant scooped up a big chunk and left a gaping wound in the landscape.

I dislike the way some strip centers are derelict in less than ten years. Walmart (and I am not a Walmart basher) is bad about this. I know of one area where you can see three different Walmart buildings on the same commercial strip, the first one less than 20 years old. Instead of improving the original, they just move down the street and build bigger and leave the old one behind.

Commercial suburban areas do leave something to be desired in most parts of the country, but in smaller towns and cities it seems to be worse. It's as if a smaller town will let their standards go to attract more development. At least most suburban areas have stricter zoning and require some standards in set backs, size of signage, requirements for landscaping, etc. Some smaller towns just let anything go up.
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Old 01-03-2009, 12:23 AM
 
Location: East Millcreek
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Very bland architecture does it for me, not just in the suburbs, but in Downtown areas as well (e.g. Salt Lake City )
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Old 01-03-2009, 01:12 AM
 
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
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The way it's built. I hate boring, unoriginal architecture.
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Old 01-03-2009, 06:43 AM
 
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Old houses, decaying infrastructure, factories, an overabundance of frumpy people, narrow streets, and unpleasant smells
Some people not liking old houses is very odd to me. I don't think I've actually met anyone who didn't like old houses, at least on some level. I know plenty of people who prefer newer ones, but that's mainly because of the newer amenities, it's certainly not based on looks. Not all, but far too many new houses are hideously ugly to me. Over time, of course, people realize this, and do things to make them look better. I believe that is why a lot of the old cookie-cutters from the fifties, that's been kept nicely and updated, don't look so bad after time.

I think a town can be made to look nice regardless of where it is located. Flat, mountainous, desert, or rain forest. It's all in how it is built.
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Old 01-03-2009, 07:06 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Neglect.
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Old 01-03-2009, 07:11 AM
 
Location: Triangle, North Carolina
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Lack of Pride
Years of bad leadership in local government
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Old 01-03-2009, 08:14 PM
 
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Cheap-looking construction, bland architecture, strip malls, massive parking lots, run-down properties. Lack of respect for the natural environment and lack of local pride in keeping the area clean and maintained. Greed and commercialism run amuck. Big box stores and megachurches.
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