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View Poll Results: Cleanest city? (clean streets, well-maintained buildings, greenery, eco-friendliness)
Japanese cities (specify which one) 15 36.59%
Singapore 7 17.07%
Munich, Zurich, and other German-speaking Alpine areas 7 17.07%
Scandinavia (specify which one) 4 9.76%
Canadian cities (specify which one) 3 7.32%
Affluent, master-planned suburbs in the USA (specify which one) 5 12.20%
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Old 08-27-2018, 04:42 PM
 
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Based either on your firsthand visits to these cities OR going off of Google Maps Street View of these cities, which do you think is cleanest? By clean, I mean clean streets, well-maintained buildings and infrastructure, clean air and drinking water, plenty of greenery, and eco-friendly practices.

I would have to say that, among cities I've been to in Asia, it's a draw between Tokyo and Singapore. Tokyo is clean because of the Japanese mentality, Shintoism and all, whereas Singapore is clean more because it is stinking rich, meticulously planned and manicured, and needs to maintain its image as "The Garden City." In North America, among big cities, I'd definitely have to say Vancouver. Munich was comparable to Tokyo and Singapore, too. Once again, it's probably the Southern German/Swiss tradition of cleanliness that keeps Munich clean.

Although if I had to name one city that is the cleanest of all, it would definitely be my hometown, Irvine, California, or just about any other affluent, master-planned community in the US or Canada.
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Old 08-27-2018, 09:09 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Stockholm for sure.... 1/3 green space, fresh water and built on 14 islands. Sweden is very eco-friendly, green and recycling a lot!

Quebec City is pretty clean, as is Boston and many North American suburbs.
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Old 08-28-2018, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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Not that I've been to all that many international cities, but of the ones that I have been to, I was blown away with how clean Seoul and Busan are.
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Old 08-28-2018, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Europe
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One of the most clean cities I've seen is Las Vegas.
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Old 08-28-2018, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Why is the US getting special treatment in this survey? Picking just the planned affluent areas isn't real equal to making other places choose a whole organic city.
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Old 08-28-2018, 10:06 PM
 
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Why is the US getting special treatment in this survey? Picking just the planned affluent areas isn't real equal to making other places choose a whole organic city.
Maybe Canada was given special treatment in any city in the Nation to choose.

Maybe the OP felt US cities were all inferior in cleanliness? So chose to choose from more planned suburban locations? Still odd. For major Northern US cities? If the poll was for them. I'd choose Boston and Chicago. Sunbelt cities in the southern US tend to be clean .... if not more sterile.

But in general ... suburban areas are in the US. Planned or just sprawled.
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Old 08-28-2018, 10:41 PM
 
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On my recent trip to Central Europe, I found Dresden(Germany), Wroclaw(Poland), and Krakow(Poland) to be very clean.

Warsaw was quite clean too!
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Old 08-29-2018, 04:29 AM
 
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On the other hand, European mega-cities like Paris and London are actual dumps. In general, the bigger the city , the more disgusting and gritty it is, wich makes me think that governments and local councils should make the cleaning of these giant cities a priority now. Unfortunately it is still not the case, however as more and more people live in big urban areas worldwide , I believe it is as much an emergency as the cleaning of oceans or of Mont Everest.
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Old 08-29-2018, 12:11 PM
 
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On the other hand, European mega-cities like Paris and London are actual dumps. In general, the bigger the city , the more disgusting and gritty it is, wich makes me think that governments and local councils should make the cleaning of these giant cities a priority now. Unfortunately it is still not the case, however as more and more people live in big urban areas worldwide , I believe it is as much an emergency as the cleaning of oceans or of Mont Everest.
Makes you wonder how Mega Asian cities are so much cleaner than Mega Western cities.
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Old 08-29-2018, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Maybe Canada was given special treatment in any city in the Nation to choose.

Maybe the OP felt US cities were all inferior in cleanliness? So chose to choose from more planned suburban locations? Still odd. For major Northern US cities? If the poll was for them. I'd choose Boston and Chicago. Sunbelt cities in the southern US tend to be clean .... if not more sterile.

But in general ... suburban areas are in the US. Planned or just sprawled.
Still odd. If the OP feels US cities don't stand a chance, then perhaps they are unfamiliar with the dirtier parts of Canadian cities. Even Vancouver has an area that is less than stellar.
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