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Old 02-22-2008, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Boston Metrowest (via the Philly area)
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I find this thread so particularly funny. I think "ugly" is really all about taste. The same cities that people have said they find "ugly" -- the industrial/urban cities of the Northeast and Midwest -- I find beautiful. There's so much history and breathtaking architecture that you're honestly tossing out the window by putting these cities in the "ugly" boat, which in my eyes have more beauty in one neighborhood than entire cities in the Sun Belt:

Philadelphia is a perfect example:

















Source: Matthew Johnson (phillyskyline.com)

 
Old 02-22-2008, 12:01 PM
 
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Originally Posted by Duderino View Post
I find this thread so particularly funny. I think "ugly" is really all about taste. The same cities that people have said they find "ugly" -- the industrial/urban cities of the Northeast and Midwest -- I find beautiful. There's so much history and breathtaking architecture that you're honestly tossing out the window by putting these cities in the "ugly" boat, which in my eyes have more beauty in one neighborhood than entire cities in the Sun Belt:

Philadelphia is a perfect example
Nice pictures of Philadelphia, indeed.

There are certain people on this forum who absolutely can NOT resist (like a bad habit) the opportunity to denigrate cities like Buffalo, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Detroit, Cleveland, etc. -- you know, the "usual" suspects...out of convenience, pure laziness, or unwillingness to consider what may be going good or correctly in any of these cities.

If you read their posts carefully, you will see that they lack originality, repeating the same old tired refrains. Innuendo, one-liners, the worse possible light that can be shed for maximum effect...then they run back to their ratholes to watch the reaction.

Yay for freedom of expression; boo to monotonous, dark-mooded, pessimistic busy-bodies!

LOL
 
Old 02-22-2008, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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Don't even try to compare Mobile to NOLA because Mobile would take a butt whoopin from NOLA any day of the week. I am the first to admit that New Orleans is not that great but it is most certainly better than Mobile.
Mobile is one of the fastest growing cities in the country, and people from all over the US are moving there. New Orleans is the opposite, people are fleeing.

As for the worst US city, I think Detroit would take that title, with Philly and Baltimore following close behind.
 
Old 02-22-2008, 02:34 PM
 
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Newburgh,NY. that place makes ugly look decent. It literly looks like a third world country.

Weirton,New Cumberland,east liverpool. depressed

parts of Baltimore are discusting with all the rats and smell. gun shots all night long. It sucked when I lived there
 
Old 02-22-2008, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Brunswick, ME (Hometown: Newark, N.J.)
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Dunno about any of the other cities..but you got Newark NJ on the money.

Wait a sec.....what's up with Mobile Alabama? I was there during Marde Gras. I thought it was a blast, there were gorgeous women, and the people were friendly as hell. Ahhh I wish I could do it all again
 
Old 02-22-2008, 02:42 PM
 
Location: New York City
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Detroit. Not even the close proximity to the beautiful suburbs would attract me to live in that city.
 
Old 02-22-2008, 02:48 PM
 
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Originally Posted by Duderino View Post
I find this thread so particularly funny. I think "ugly" is really all about taste. The same cities that people have said they find "ugly" -- the industrial/urban cities of the Northeast and Midwest -- I find beautiful. There's so much history and breathtaking architecture that you're honestly tossing out the window by putting these cities in the "ugly" boat, which in my eyes have more beauty in one neighborhood than entire cities in the Sun Belt:

Philadelphia is a perfect example
Great pictures! And I agree with you completely. I love older cities with great urban neighborhoods. When people go to cities on vacation and buy post cards, they don't buy post cards of suburbs or strip malls. They buy post cards of downtowns, urban parks, things like that. Even though many of those older cities have a lot of grit and grime, I feel very comfortable in places like Philly, Baltimore, Saint Louis, Cleveland, and Memphis.

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Mobile is one of the fastest growing cities in the country, and people from all over the US are moving there. New Orleans is the opposite, people are fleeing.

As for the worst US city, I think Detroit would take that title, with Philly and Baltimore following close behind.
I was in Mobile last year, and I was surprised at how nice it was. However, let's not get carried away. It is actually one of the slowest-growing cities in the country. The entire Mobile metro area went from 399,800 in 2000 to 404,100 in 2006. It is, by far, the slowest-growing metro area in Alabama (which is saying something).
 
Old 02-22-2008, 05:16 PM
 
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Originally Posted by KerrTown
New York City--too dirty, run-down, and deteriorating (the Tappan Zee Bridge was very old but I didn't know it was the most likely victim of another bridge collapse). On the ground the buildings are nondescript. The skyline is also nondescript with the lack of color. Ugly apartment buildings stick out between the landmarks. Why do the landmark skyscrapers have to be some sort of beige?


WOW - have you ever been to NY??
 
Old 02-22-2008, 05:26 PM
 
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The Usual List!

1. Detroit
2. Philadelphia
3. Baltimore
4. Newark-Atlantic City-Bayonne-Jersey City-Union City-Elizabeth-Patterson-Camden (the New Jersey dump)

5. Buffalo
6. Pittsburgh
7. Cleveland
8. New York City (jumbled mess, and mostly ghetto outside of Midtown and Lower Manhattan, overpriced, no greenery except Central Park)

9. El Paso, Texas (a Third World country, uglier than Monterey and Guadlajara in Mexico according to people who's been there!!!!!!!)

10. Syracuse
"The usual list"?? There are a lot of OTHER cities listed on this site other than the "easy, lazy, not keeping up w/these mostly fast-changing cities" answer than, as you quote "the usual list"
 
Old 02-22-2008, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Baton Rouge
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Mobile is one of the fastest growing cities in the country, and people from all over the US are moving there. New Orleans is the opposite, people are fleeing.

As for the worst US city, I think Detroit would take that title, with Philly and Baltimore following close behind.
Since when does that make a place all that great. There are a ton of people moving to Phoenix, too, and that place is awful.
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