Skip to comments.(Forbes) Worst Places: America's Most Miserable Cities
Posted on 01/31/2008 9:39:40 AM PST by MotleyGirl70Edited on 02/01/2008 2:28:16 PM PST by Jim Robinson. [history]
Imagine living in a city with the country's highest rate for violent crime and the second-highest unemployment rate. As an added kicker you need more Superfund dollars allocated to your city to clean up contaminated toxic waste sites than just about any other metro.
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No. 1: Detroit, Mich. (696)
No. 2: Stockton, Calif. (689)
No. 3: Flint, Mich. (675)
No. 4: New York, N.Y. (668)
No. 5: Philadelphia, Pa. (648)
No. 6: Chicago, Ill. (634)
No. 7: Los Angeles, Calif. (632)
No. 8: Modesto, Calif. (631)
No. 9: Charlotte, N.C. (625)
No. 10: Providence, R.I. (611)
Shame on you Eagles fans!
How miserable is Philly? The residents of the City of Brotherly Love once booed Santa Claus and pelted him with snowballs at an Eagles game. Maybe it's the long commutes, violent crime and plethora of toxic waste sites that has people grumpy.
Philly is a tough town, even for Santa.
“How miserable is Philly? The residents of the City of Brotherly Love once booed Santa Claus and pelted him with snowballs at an Eagles game.”
As a native of Philly, I can tell you that wasn’t caused by misery rather by idiocy. ;)
LOL, before I read past the title I knew that Detroit would be in the top ranks.
God Bless Texas!!
“Unfortunately, this nightmare is a reality for the residents of Detroit. The Motor City grabs the top spot on Forbes’ inaugural list of America’s Most Miserable Cities.”
So much for the liberal urban utopia experiment.
I’m surprised with Modesto, CA... isn’t that where Chandra Levy and Laci Peterson lived?
I’m wondering if Santa wasn’t provocative. Did he come out in rainbow attire to celebrate Gay Pride Day or something?
>No. 4: New York<
Uh, oh: Forbes v. Bloomberg!
I was surprised about Charlotte, NC.
Not Boston? Not Miami? Not New Orleans?
Charlotte, NC - I knew it would be here before reading the story.
How many years ago was that? I wasn’t alive back then. It kind of irritates me that some stupid incident keeps getting brought up for over 20 years.
How does NYC end up between the other two?
Has New Orleans been granted a recovery exemption or something?
Yeah it was a while ago....80s I believe.
Ed Rendell once paid a kid to throw snowballs at the visiting team.
Most Miserable Cities.
??? A joke, right? Every one run by the democrat machine.
Nothing further needs be said.
Yes, but let's not give the news media a pass for lying. Back in 2000, the news media gleefully repeated a new lie that "Houston had the nation's worst air quality" in their attempts to paint Governor George W. Bush of Texas in a bad light.
That makes some of us miserable. For others of us, it is a source of great joy.
Out of the top 10 cities for misery, only one, Charlotte, is not in a “blue” state. Count it be that it also is trending “blue”?
One thing that is never talked about, but better be talked about if they really want to clean things up, is the ethnic makeup of the cities. Seems everyone is afraid to even mention it.......but it’s reality. Address this problem or give up the big cities.
No offense, but Filthadelphia is home to the surliest people on the eastern seaboard. People from "Bawlimer" are practically aristocratic compared to "Iggles" fans.
BTW: WTF is up with "hoagies?" I live and work at the midpoint between NY and Philly, so I do get Philly people always telling me how they are going to pick up "hoagies" and put "jimmies" on their ice cream.
Have you been to Detroit? Detroit already looks like it's been nuked. Detroit could be nuked and nobody would be able to tell the difference.
Newark has its faults, but is nowhere near as bad as Camden (NJ), Chester (PA), or East St. Louis.
Hoagie=sub...except superior. ;)
It is my understanding the Philadelphia Santa booing episode is a bit of a myth, in that Santa appeared at halftime and his sleigh had an ad on it. The crowd was booing placing a commercial on Santa. At least that’s how I hear it. This also happened a long time ago.
It's an amatuerish index. A better indication of misery would be rate and number of new business closing versus opening, population growth or shrinkage (the water was cold), lawsuits filed, unemployment rate increasing or decreasing, average wages increasing or decreasing, weather, crime rate increasing or decreasing, commute time increasing or decreasing, air/water quality increasing or decreasing, local political/sports power/prestige increasing (e.g. winning a Super Bowl in Green Bay would make that area estatic regardless of everything else), local taxes increasing/decreasing, etc.
Liberty City and Allahpattah are sh-tholes, but that's like judging NYC on Brownsville or LA based on South Central.
Charlotte could have moved up several notches if they rated the public schools.
I think they forgot Gary, Indiana. :O)
It’s not just Providence, the entire state of Rhode Island is in misery. Since it’s so small, it is easily overlooked but it’s just about to topple of the tracks entirely. People talk about Michigan. Rhode Island is so bankrupt and corrupt that it is unsolvable.
Believe it or not, your average Chinese/Albanian/Dominican/Ecuadorian/Nigerian would much prefer a large house on a large lot in suburbia than a row house/flat in Queens or Brooklyn. The "glamour" of NYC means nothing to them.
Yes Newark is and has been considerably worse than those places because it is considerably larger. Camden is a wreck, but it is tiny in comparison. Newark’s sprawl brought down suburbs for miles around. Camden hasn’t. There is Camden, the Camden River, and then healthy to affluent suburbs.
Well, I hope the Rhode Island refugees bring Portuguese restaurants whereever they go.
How does NYC end up between the other two?
I would say the below paragraph sums it up:
"The Big Apple is the nation's center for financial services, publishing, advertising and countless other industries, making job opportunities plentiful. But the costs can make all but the super-wealthy miserable. Housing costs are through the roof, and income tax rates are 10.5%, more than twice the U.S. average. Commuting times are also the worst, at an average of 36 minutes each way."
In other words, in New York it takes forever to get to work, you pay most of your salary for a tiny room to live in, and the government takes the rest of your money in taxes.
Considering that Philly is now the Gay Mecca of the East, that might endear him to the residents.
No, they were angry because the Eagles had won a meaningless game to finish the season 2-11, making them ineligible to receive #1 draft pick OJ Simpson.
Of course this is hardly an isolated incident. The Eagles fans cheared when Michael Irvin broke his neck ending his career.
The City of Philadelphia set up a courtroom inside Veterans Stadium to speed the booking of the many fans arrested each game.
Thank you! (See name)
As far as misery is concerned....
Full to the brim with liberal slime.
Bigger homosexual population that San Francisco.
Both Senators, Governor, and Mayor-all staunch Democrats.
Need I say more?
Suburban South Jersey is mostly blue collar hell, but you are right that Camden is small relative to the surrounding area.
Believe it or not, your average Chinese/Albanian/Dominican/Ecuadorian/Nigerian would much prefer a large house on a large lot in suburbia than a row house/flat in Queens or Brooklyn.
And living in NYC is the way they will acquire that American dream one day. NYC will also serve to assimilate their children
From the article (which takes income tax into consideration) :
Housing costs are through the roof, and income tax rates are 10.5%, more than twice the U.S. average.
Folks in my neck of the woods look at Philly the way the Corleone’s looked at Fredo. ;-)
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