View Full Version : In this thread we will list places that are suckier than Phoenix, Arizona...

01-07-2009, 12:17 AM
I full expect this thread to remain empty, but it's worth a shot.

Seriously, that's about the ugliest city I've ever been to in my life.

01-07-2009, 12:22 AM
I liked Phoenix. Granted, it's always been 115-118 degrees everytime I've been there.

But hey, it's no Bad, Montana.

Ol' Fashioned Girl
01-07-2009, 12:37 AM
Eufaula, Oklahoma, on a hot day in August, just after the lake's turned over.

Kitty Pryde
01-07-2009, 12:37 AM
Coalinga, CA. You could not find a stronger smell of cow poop anywhere in the universe. Even if you were a goblin made of cow poop, sitting in a pile of cow poop, drinking a cow poop milkshake, and watching American Cow Poop Idol.

I've never been to Phoenix, but I posit that Coalinga must be worse.

01-07-2009, 12:48 AM
Central Falls, Rhode Island. (the armpit of the state)

Alas, I lived there for about 8 months when I was a single girl. Oh, did it suck! Lots of wackos nearby--my third floor tenement apartment looked out on ugly buildings, too many one-way streets-- I used to get parking tickets for parking on my own street. Yes, it was baaaaaaad.

01-07-2009, 12:49 AM
Houston, Texas

01-07-2009, 12:49 AM
Hey. Quit insulting my hood. Ok ok.

Mesa Arizona
North Korea

Ol' Fashioned Girl
01-07-2009, 12:49 AM
Salina, Kansas.

01-07-2009, 12:51 AM

01-07-2009, 12:53 AM
Most of the State of Arkansas along I-40

(I kinda liked Phoenix when I was there)

01-07-2009, 12:58 AM
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01-07-2009, 01:00 AM
Metro Atlanta.
Every damn bit of it.
Ok, not Peachtree City, Kennesaw or Stone Mountain in the spring.

And it's not Atlanta's fault. Not all those crappy drivers were born there.

01-07-2009, 01:00 AM
Buffalo NY in the summer time. The water reeks of algacide out of your taps, but the lake smells good

01-07-2009, 01:00 AM
Flint, Michigan.

ETA: especially in the winter.

01-07-2009, 01:05 AM
Flint, Michigan.

ETA: especially in the winter.

Pretty much anywhere in Michigan in the winter...especially this winter.

01-07-2009, 01:16 AM
Pretty much anywhere in Michigan in the winter...especially this winter.

Ha! Buffalo again. But this time in the winter.

01-07-2009, 01:18 AM
Gainesville Florida.

01-07-2009, 01:22 AM
Everett Massachusetts
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Seriously city is 3 miles by 3 miles. It has

LNG offload terminal

Power plant-You can see the filth in the air for miles

Wood waste burning facility-the stench carries for miles

Oil Storage and loading facility-perhaps you saw Everett on the news in Dec 07 when one of the oil tankers was speeding, flipped over and burned the lower half of the city. PS nothing has been done about the tankers or the speeding

Sewer sludge treatment plant being built-thanks Boston, you're taking your filth and transporting to Everett because city bylaws of Boston bans that kind of facility in the city. They will be dumping thousands of gallons of untreated water into the river

35,000-45,000 people living in the city(yes in a city 3 by 3) no zoning and most are illegals so those estimates are considered low.

Traffic- Tolls went up on the Tobin Bridge so the traffic north of Boston cuts through Everett to avoid the Bridge. There are a lot of cities north of Boston

No Parking People actually asphalt their small lawns for parking. Many of those who cut through Everett to avoid the bridge, park here, and take the bus into Boston.

Illegal rooming house the city started cracking down on them but gave up. There were just too many to keep track of.

MWRA Water provider, admits that it charges the residents for all the businesses in the city and also admits that it has leaking pipes all over the city. They're billing the residents for the water leaking out of their pipes.

The parks were taken over by the city to build schools on. The schools are climate controlled, they are a balmy 65 degrees year round. The windows were put in backwards and the boiler upside down.

Coffee factory in the next city over. Nothing like the stench of burning French Vanillia Coffee


Next city over now charges $1 per bag for trash pickup. One guess where all the trash is being dumped.

Prostitutes come here from Boston and Chelsea to ply their trade to the truck drivers

01-07-2009, 04:56 AM
Wappingers Falls, NY. When one of your favorite British (British!) bands references Tawana Brawley in a song, it's time to pack up and leave....

01-07-2009, 04:59 AM
I full expect this thread to remain empty, but it's worth a shot.

Seriously, that's about the ugliest city I've ever been to in my life.

James, you are the first person I have ever heard say that. You're certainly entitled to your opinion, but I thought I'd share a few pics with you and see if this is the Arizona that you saw.

Scottsdale, AZ. was my home for ten years, and in my opinion, the Arizona desert has some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen. (And that's coming from a California girl who grew up around mountains and the Pacific Ocean)
I'm back in CA. now, but I still miss the beauty and peace of the desert. So much...:cry:


Desert Sunset


Pinnacle Peak (A favorite hike)


Pretty Golf Course (I think Four Seasons)

So, come on, what do you think, James? ;)

01-07-2009, 07:28 AM
I was about to say, Phoenix--sucky? I've always liked going there. Desert, mountains, what's not to like?

You want sucky? Waterloo, Iowa. I did a visiting clinic there for a few years because their MD population is pretty thin. AND NO WONDER. It's like Flint, Michigan (with which I am also familiar) but with that extra redneck frisson. It's like a suppurating boil on the Midwest.

01-07-2009, 07:58 AM
Salina, Kansas.

Oy! That's my hometown!

Curious: why Salina?

01-07-2009, 08:10 AM
Ugliest attitude: drivers on the freeways of Orange County, California.

01-07-2009, 09:17 AM
St. Petersburgh, Russia. Oh yes, I've been there, and Port Au Prince, Haiti too. Feel better yet?

Having said that, Bridgeport CT is a horror. It's a hell I've got to know well.

01-07-2009, 09:33 AM
Norfolk, Virginia.

No one knows how to drive. The roads suck. The police force is a joke. The laws are ridiculous (crippling to some small businesses). The people are rude and nasty. Racism is alive and well, and EVERYONE gets to be on the receiving end of it at some point. It's not safe.

If the world were a human body, Norfolk would be located somewhere near the Exit sign on the digestive tract.

01-07-2009, 06:22 PM
Lorain, Ohio is no picnic. Neither is Detroit, Michigan. The city nearest my suburban home has fallen on hard times as well.

One feature many ugly cities have, especially old ones, is abandoned industrial plants and buildings, which soon sport graffiti and broken windows and may even become illegal and dangerous places for kids to explore and the homeless to shelter in. Those who do industrial archeology require little funding to turn these eyesores into money-making tourism and educational attractions. I spent half a day at a flour mill and it was fascinating--and I spent plenty at the gift shop, too, including a small bag of whole wheat flour ground that day. My brother bought a local artist's painting on display in the ticket area, and my sister's husband did a bit of kitchen-themed Christmas shopping. The mill couldn't turn a profit as a mill, but business as a tourism spot was booming.

Maryn, who knows where she'd start in her own city

01-07-2009, 06:35 PM
I must agree that Phoenix is the worst city I've been to, apart from LA. I lived there for just over 2 years and couldn't wait to get the hell out. Hm, desert beauty is fine, but there's not much of that in the metropolitan area. You have to go far away to see nice things. (I don't count golf courses - I hate golf & the land they overtake & ruin, but that's a personal opinion & a different discussion.)

A few drawbacks from my experience: thick pollution, oppressive heat (& I'm used to heat being from central Texas), extremely rude people, terrible crime (1 car stole, 1 car broken into (& we had crappy cars!), someone tried to break into my house while I was there, not to mention other peoples' troubles), and overall bad vibe. I hope I don't have to go back there for any reason. But, yes, I'll concede that there are probably worse places that I have not been to.

Don Allen
01-07-2009, 06:37 PM
Wow! There are so many. Pottstown P.A. accidently got off there one day and thought I hit the twilight zone, actually Pittsburgh always seems gloomy to me, but the saving grace there is that the woman of Pittsburgh, at least the ones I've come accross are simply beautiful so I give the city a pass. Definitely put in a vote for Gainesville Florida, they actually give rednecks a bad name down there. I got to go with Cleveland, Ohio. Shitty in the winter, stinky in the summer, desolute metro area,, Lake Erie - cold and menacing - pretty much a shit hole overall... IMO, no offense to anyone who lives there...

01-07-2009, 07:07 PM
(I don't count golf courses - I hate golf & the land they overtake & ruin, but that's a personal opinion & a different discussion.)

Gotta agree with that.

But I share George Carlin's opinion on that. Golf Courses and Cemeteries. lol

01-08-2009, 05:35 PM
Tucson, of course. Sheesh.

01-08-2009, 06:57 PM
Canton, OH in an ice storm....passed 5 accidents in my 35 min. drive to work. Garage door was frozen shut, as were the van doors - inside the garage. Winter sucks...I was actually looking at houses around Phoenix wishing we could move somewhere hot!

01-08-2009, 07:13 PM
Don't forget the delightful towns of northern England:

Doncaster (AIDS capital of europe! woo!)

Actually, I'd hate to hear a southerner slagging these places off... I love the north...but it definitely has its hellholes too.

oh...how could I forget...HULL!! or HELL as we call it.

I'm sure these places all have their nice sides, really ;)

Alan Yee
01-09-2009, 06:17 AM
Tacoma, Washington. It seriously smells like sour milk. Here in western Washington, this smell is commonly referred to as "the Aroma of Tacoma."

01-09-2009, 08:08 AM
Is this limited to the USA?

01-09-2009, 08:40 AM
San Marcos CA sucks pretty bad. I won't ever go there again.

And my personal space in my head is crowded. Yet I go in there all the time.

01-09-2009, 08:41 AM
Is this limited to the USA?


Judging by your location, no.

01-09-2009, 08:42 AM
I agree with Norfolk.

I'd like to add El Paso, Tx, bad always but unbearable when the cattle are at the railhead. You can't breathe.

Galveston, Tx. Mud beaches and bathtub hot water in the summer if hurricanes, trop storms, and tornados aren't wrecking the place, grey overcast for seven months in the winter.

Mobile, Ala. (See Galveston, above and add that there isn't anything to do, ever.)

01-09-2009, 08:45 AM
Fort Nelson BC. 400 miles up the alaska highway. they picked the ugliest spot and put up a trailer park. Fort St John is at the start of the Alaska Highway. My bf used to say that Ft St John is the asshole of the Alaska Highway and Fort Nelson was 400 miles up it. 30 minutes of sunlight in winter, no darkness in summer, -40 to -50 in winter, two employers. the gas plant and the toothpick factory. nobody graduates from high school, goes to work there and gets paid 40 bucks an hour which they spend every night at one of two bars in town. both of which feature traveling strippers. a new one every week, off the bus. darling girls, really sweet, but they are the stereotype and epitome of dumb.

Never have I met more domineering, chauvinist, mysoginist men, and I work in construction now so you'd think i meet some now but nope, nobody beats the men of Fort Nelson. And the women? I won't mention them.

I spent the worst year of my life, working the front desk of a hotel, the night shift. When I got home, my mom picked me up from the bus station and wanted to drive me straight to the hospital, i looked that bad. lol

The only good thing? I got to deduct more taxes because I lived near the arctic circle. But that so didn't make up for all the crappy stuff.

01-09-2009, 08:47 AM
Tacoma, Washington. It seriously smells like sour milk. Here in western Washington, this smell is commonly referred to as "the Aroma of Tacoma."
Frank Zappa used to sing of a lass "with a garlic aroma that could level Tacoma". Love the classics, don't you?

Jersey Chick
01-09-2009, 09:11 AM
heh heh

Newark - look at someone wrong and you can end up dead.

Camden - (Cray beat me to it, but still)

Patterson - see Newark

Atlantic City - DON'T go beyond the casinos if you know what's good for you. Trust me. Just. Don't.


01-09-2009, 09:26 AM
I'd rather be here than Afghanistan. So if the rest of the world is open I have two places I'd rather not go to again.

Chennai, India 2004 and Banda Aceh, Indonesia 2005.


Judging by your location, no.