The 5 Dirtiest Cities in America
Voters pick US's grimiest places to vacation
By Sarah Whitmire,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2011 2:04 PM CDT
Uncollected garbage overflow the sidewalk and onto 3rd Avenue in mid-Manhattan, New York.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

(Newser) – Turns out the Big Easy might just as easily be the Big Sloppy: New Orleans has topped the list of the 20 dirtiest cities in America, as determined in a recent poll by Travel + Leisure Magazine. Trash, graffiti, quality of tap water, and pollution were all taken into consideration. Without further ado:

  1. New Orleans: Voters weren't cutting Nawlins any slack for cleanup after Mardi Gras—or catastrophic weather events in the past decade...

  1. Philadelphia: A very close second to NOLA, the City of Brotherly Love is also frumpy: It was also voted one of the 'least stylish' cities.
  2. Los Angeles: Chalk it up to infamously bad pollution.
  3. Memphis: Its sticky, delicious barbeque might contribute to its high rank on the dirty list, but ranking last for environmental friendliness can't help, either.
  4. New York City: The City That Never Sleeps elected Anthony Weiner, and only made No. 5?
Check out other dirty cities that made the cut.
 

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