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View Poll Results: What is the absolute most hellish city in the world?
Baghdad, Iraq 9 8.49%
Beirut, Lebanon 0 0%
Kabul, Afghanistan 8 7.55%
Mogadishu, Somalia 45 42.45%
Belfast, Northern Ireland 8 7.55%
Sarajevo, Bosnia 0 0%
Bogota/Medellin, Colombia 0 0%
Tijuana, Mexico 2 1.89%
Ciudad Juarez, Mexico 7 6.60%
Gaza City, Palestinian Territories 3 2.83%
Johannesburg, South Africa 4 3.77%
Port au Prince, Haiti 7 6.60%
Mexico City 3 2.83%
Cairo, Egypt 2 1.89%
Lagos, Nigeria 8 7.55%
Voters: 106. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-17-2013, 01:57 AM
 
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The ongoing conflict with bombings and riots, and a VERY depressing feel overall plus the barricades, segregation and hopelessness. Altogether a miserable place.


The Boxer (1997) Movie Trailer, Review, Clips, Movie Times - YouTube

This movie has an extremely vivid sense of place and the story takes place in Belfast. yes this is a fictional movie but it is very realistic. It shows the level of hopelessness and the grimness of everyday life in Northern Ireland. Belfast is not as bad as Baghdad in my opinion but it is a very grim place.
This is way in the past. Old stereotypes die hard.
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Old 11-17-2013, 02:08 AM
 
Location: Utica, NY
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This is way in the past. Old stereotypes die hard.
I find it ridiculous to judge a city based on an old movie designed to enhance the harshness and grittiness in that way, or from an old U2 music video.

You can literally make any city on earth look depressing by filming only in the poorer areas, which all cities have. Most of Belfast does not look like that. If you aren't able to physically go there, Google Street View has full and recent coverage and that photo thread I found is just 1-3 years old.
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Old 11-17-2013, 04:40 AM
 
Location: Barcelona, Spain
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As ridiculous as judging a city that you have never set your foot in, yet this thread is full of that.

I guess the whole forum is full of that, come to think of it.
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Old 11-17-2013, 06:04 AM
 
Location: Loidis
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Any trouble in Belfast today is confined in certain areas that you do not have to visit at all. The city centre is completely safe.
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Old 11-17-2013, 07:40 AM
 
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I guess the whole forum is full of that, come to think of it.
This.
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Old 11-17-2013, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Of course American cities should be on that list. Just pick any city in Mississippi, doesn't matter which one, just pick any one.
Have you ever been in "any city" Mississippi?

Here are the crime rates in the three largest cities, comparing Mississippi with Connecticut, the richest state in the union:

Jackson MS 685
Gulfport MS 340
Hattiesburg MS 253
Average 420

Hartford CT 581
Bridgeport CT 558
New Haven CT 664
Average 600

Instead of saying "pick one", you should have said Jackson. At least, it is comparable to one of those nice, opulent, pretentious Connecticut cities.

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Old 11-17-2013, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Currently living in Reddit
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There aren't any.

Have you ever been in "any city" Mississippi?

The crime rates in Mississippi's second and third largest cities are only half of the crime rates in Connecticut's second and third cities.
That's only because Mississippians can't afford better guns :-)

Seriously though, I'd travel to 2/3rds of the cities on the poll list if I had a reason to be there. I know people who work in Haiti in coffee and in providing aid and are in Port-Au-Prince regularly. They say it's rough, but they don't fear for their lives. Even Juarez - it's big enough where you can have relatively decent safety. There are smaller towns not too far from Juarez where just being a stranger in town can get you shot on sight.

Probably the only one I'd give a definite "no" to is Mogadishu, although I'd need a really good reason to go to a half dozen others.
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Old 11-17-2013, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Loidis
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I wonder how much of CT's crime is burglary?
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Old 11-17-2013, 09:55 AM
 
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Bakersfield, CA.
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Old 11-17-2013, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Barcelona, Spain
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Does anybody here watch Anthony Bourdain's show, Parts Unknown? he went to Congo and there was a city there, Goma, that did look like hell on earth. Now, that's rough.
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