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Outta my way! America's rudest cities (can you guess without reading?)
MSNBC ^ | 01/20/2012 | Katrina Brown Hunt

Posted on 01/20/2012 5:00:41 AM PST by SeekAndFind

Edited on 01/20/2012 7:11:45 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

Which is worse when you’re traveling: the local driver who blithely cuts you off in traffic or the surly cabbie who gives you attitude right to your face?

Such skirmishes no doubt fueled this year’s America’s Rudest Cities contest, voted on by Travel + Leisure readers. Three-time-champion Los Angeles, home of road rage, went head-to-head with classically brusque East Coast cities such as Boston, New York and Washington, D.C. — all of which landed in the top five.


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1 posted on 01/20/2012 5:00:47 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

BFL


2 posted on 01/20/2012 5:08:16 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I have found that if you ask a New Yorker for directions or something, they’re friendly and want to help.
But don’t expect a “HI”, “How are you?” “Can I help you find anything?” at the local grocery store. You’ll be lucky if they even look up or if they count your change back to you rather than just dump it in your hand.

Ahhh, New York


3 posted on 01/20/2012 5:15:57 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert

Rude or not it seems they will still rally when it counts (i.e. when that Airliner went down in the Hudson).


4 posted on 01/20/2012 5:20:06 AM PST by chargers fan
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To: SeekAndFind

That list is stupid. People voted on it. What if no one has been to the city? Detroit wasn’t on the list because NO ONE comes here.

I’ve been all over the country and I’d rank Detroit right on up there. Especially if one has no hijab or is the wrong shade.


5 posted on 01/20/2012 5:20:22 AM PST by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m surprised Philly dropped out of the top ten.


6 posted on 01/20/2012 5:25:27 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: chargers fan

Yup, they sure do


7 posted on 01/20/2012 5:26:44 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: SeekAndFind
But don’t give too much credit to southern hospitality. Atlanta made it into the rudest top 10...

Atlanta is more Middle Eastern than Southern. It's become like a foreign country. What a shame.

8 posted on 01/20/2012 5:28:49 AM PST by Islander7 (There is no septic system so vile, so filthy, the left won't drink from to further their agenda)
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To: SeekAndFind

As someone who lived in the NY suburbs and Boston, I can tell you that Bostonians are far more rude than NYers could ever hope to be. NYers don’t make eye contact with strangers, and can act threatened when you do. During the Atlanta Games, when they spelled out, “How y’all doin?” I joked that NYers would say “What the f*** you lookin’ at?”... and mean the same thing. But you quickly adapt to such gruffness, and when you have the opportunity to make proper eye contact, NYers can be very friendly.

But in Boston, it’s not gruffness; it’s a bizarre level of misanthropy and hatred of strangers. I remember pausing for a second to find a subway token in Boston, and being shoved by a little old lady, must’ve been 90 years old: “GET THE F*** OUT OF MY WAY, YOU G**-D*MNED DIRTBAG!!!!” I remember going to a CHURCH group, being the newcomer, and watching in amazement the way chat circles just close up when someone new comes by. And the plainly bizarre behavior of simply lying whenever a stranger asks for directions. In residential neighborhoods, they won’t even have street signs, because if you belong in that neighborhood, you know damned well what the street’s name is. And most Bostonians would pay $100 to get the chance to rip you off a dollar.

After a while, it stops seeming odd that “wicked” is the local dialect’s word for everything from “pleasurable,” to “astounding” to “very.”


9 posted on 01/20/2012 5:34:08 AM PST by dangus
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To: SeekAndFind
Yep. I guessed it without reading.
Without any doubt I knew it'd be NYC.
10 posted on 01/20/2012 5:35:34 AM PST by Condor51 (Yo Hoffa, so you want to 'take out conservatives'. Well okay Jr - I'm your Huckleberry)
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To: SeekAndFind

I grew up in NY and these cities I spent several years in were much more rude than NY:

1) DC absolutely f’n a-holes
2) Chicago- arrogant and snotty
3) Charlotte NC —surprisingly rude and very fake but the rest of NC outside of 485 was very pleasant.
4) St Louis—They have little city complex rivalry with Chicago and thus try to out rude them
5) Boston—racist,thug like and very upfront about it.

Manhattan is very crude but Manhattan is NOT the whole of NYC.


11 posted on 01/20/2012 5:36:54 AM PST by Le Chien Rouge
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I just wrote about how New Yorkers are so much nicer than Bostonians. Having gone to college in Pennsylvania, the Philadelphians (mostly suburbanites) were very friendly. I suspect this is out of boredom, however: “Oh, Goody! Someone to talk to!”

Seriously, it took me years to accept that my Philly-area friends weren’t just being kinda uncharacteristically loserish when it came to finding things to do in Philly... although Hershey, Pa isn’t far.


12 posted on 01/20/2012 5:38:15 AM PST by dangus
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

I just wrote about how New Yorkers are so much nicer than Bostonians. Having gone to college in Pennsylvania, the Philadelphians (mostly suburbanites) were very friendly. I suspect this is out of boredom, however: “Oh, Goody! Someone to talk to!”

Seriously, it took me years to accept that my Philly-area friends weren’t just being kinda uncharacteristically loserish when it came to finding things to do in Philly... although Hershey, Pa isn’t far.


13 posted on 01/20/2012 5:38:27 AM PST by dangus
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To: Le Chien Rouge

Thug-like... that’s another strange thing about how just strangely evil Boston is. The local high-brow newspaper, the Boston Globe, is viciously anti-Catholic, but still pro-mafia. How can you hate Italians and Irish and love the mafia and the corrupt CINO politicans, like Mumbles Menino and the Winter Hill Gang?

My mayor failed to file paperwork, resulting in the Winter Hill Gang getting property back from the city... and was immediately sent to Congress. The Globe sat on the news story until just after the primary, which serves as the de-facto election.


14 posted on 01/20/2012 5:42:49 AM PST by dangus
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To: SeekAndFind

I have been to NYC 4-5 times and find the residents put up a “protective” air of rudeness, but it is shallow and once you get past that thin veneer they can be very helpful and friendly.

If they have no reason to know you, or help you, they want nothing to do with you.


15 posted on 01/20/2012 5:50:19 AM PST by Michael.SF. (When you hear hooves, think horses, not zebras.)
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To: dangus

I had no idea Boston was like this...only have been there a couple of times. Their image used to be one of complete propriety.

I live on the west coast...think life is probably less stressful here despite being the LEFT coast.


16 posted on 01/20/2012 5:51:22 AM PST by Aria ( "If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.")
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We got to NY a lot now as my daughter lives there. I find NY’ers will talk to you and help you out a lot — but they’re really pushy. I also find the store clerks very impersonal. My daughter doesn’t dare go shopping during the busy times.

It’s very tough to get around and with so many people, you just naturally become pushy and direct. It’s survival.

We’re in DC and we can’t stand it. Not only are they rude, many are also very liberal and very snotty — esp the young people here. Can’t stand them.


17 posted on 01/20/2012 5:59:06 AM PST by LibsRJerks
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To: SeekAndFind
New York and Washington, D.C. — all of which landed in the top five.
I'm a NYC area native although I haven't lived there in decades. Nevertheless, I've visited probably 40 times in the last 25 years or so and never thought it rude.
By contrast, I've been to Washington, DC a dozen times in the last 10 years and observed really rude behavior. Specifically - runners.
Worst case is the Lincoln Memorial where they do repeats running up the steps, then walking down.
Grunting, sweating and even spitting all the while. RUDE!
18 posted on 01/20/2012 6:00:48 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: nuconvert

I’ve heard it said from two different people that have homes in both New York and Seattle that said the same thing: New Yorkers are friendly, while Seattleites are polite.

By “friendly”, they mean that they don’t politely keep you at arms length.

There is even a cartoon about this. Let me see if I can find it. Nope. Couldn’t.


19 posted on 01/20/2012 6:02:09 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: netmilsmom

I was in Detroit walking from Greek Town to my Hotel at about midnight and did the ol’ “pretend I’m on my cell phone” trick as I was walking by a panhandler. Agressive would be an understatement. I finally had to tell him to back off and I was on the phone. There was this weird sense of entitlement coming from him.


20 posted on 01/20/2012 6:04:21 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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