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The Absolutely Worst Places to Live in America

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The Absolutely Worst Places to Live in America surveyed thousands of Americans to find the fifty dirtiest, smelliest, most miserable cesspools, armpits, and tourist traps that make up this great land of ours. The "winners" of this awful distinction include the likes of:
·Atlantic City, New Jersey--Come for the slots. Stay for the gang warfare and fourth-rate prostitutes.
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 17th 2006 by St. Martin's Press
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This was a very uneven piece of work, I thought. I was kind of hoping for road trip stories of the author's encounters with strange places, kind of a bit of negative Americana, but it was mostly a compilation of other peoples opinions the author obtained from emails, which is very much the style of many of the entries. While there were some entertaining descriptions of American cities and towns, most of it was simply angry rants I could easily find for free online. The entries on cities were bro ...more
Jeffrey Dannaldson
Having lived in several crappy places, I can identify with this book. Missouri gets represented by the uber-sprawling world's largest strip mall that is Springfield, and Rolla gets an honorable mention.

My nominee for the worst place to live in America would have to be the Tri-Cities of central Washington state, Richland, Kennewick and Pasco. What's so bad about them? They're in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by flat sagebrush scrub, and right next to the place that made plutonium for our nuc
Dec 19, 2007 Kate rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: the snide
From Aberdeen, Washington, to Yuba City, California, each city sucks more than the last.

Example, from the entry on Greeley, Colorado:

"Not content to merely stink to high heaven, Greeley is also a hotbed of gang violence and boasts a crumbling downtown whose most recognizable landmark was an abandoned K-Mart. Originally intended as a communist utopian community, the best that can be said about present-day Greeley is that some days don't smell quite as bad as others."
This was entertaining but also contradictory. For example, some of the worst cities in the country (Camden, Detroit) are precisely that way because of the people that inhabit them, yet other cities he picks for "lack of diversity". He also names many towns full of Christians, but never names any Jewish enclave horrors. Sometimes funny, very arrogantly left wing.
This book profiles 50 of the worst places to live in the US. Some are pretty obvious: Centralia, PA (where the ground is literally burning up), Detroit, and Rock Springs, WY ("a bunch of crap in the desert"), while some are debatable: Washington DC, SLC. It contains vignettes from each place as well as some demographic information.
I enjoyed each and every page of this book. I thought it was spot on with most of the worst places to live. Hilarious and sarcastic, it's a great book to waste your time on.
Aug 10, 2011 Beth added it
There's a section about Beloit, WI. Haha.
Kate Norton
This is one of the greatest books on earth!!!
what? no youngstown?
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