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At least we aren’t as ugly as Philadelphians

October 22, 2007

A Travel + Leisure survey on America’s Favorite Cities reveals what people really think about the District of Columbia and other major US cities. A few notable results, and my thoughts on them:

  • They are too hard on the city in the “People” category. Dcers rank 23rd (out of 25) in “friendliness” and dead last in “fun.” There are many unfun, unfriendly people in the District of Columbia but I really wonder if we are the worst in the nation. There are also many normal, fun people in the city (read: the ones who don’t work for the government).
  • DC residents are a very unattractive lot. Only Philadelphia residents are uglier.
  • People here may be unattractive and unfriendly, but the city itself scores high points for culture. Only New York City beats DC in this category.
  • Portland, OR wins for best cityscape in the country. I agree. Go to the 30th story Portland City Grill and sit at the bar with the panoramic windows overlooking the city and the mountains and the rivers and you will agree too.

Also, who decided what 25 cities would be included? It certainly isn’t done by population. If it were, you would see such thrilling places on there as Detroit, Columbus, Indianapolis, Jacksonville FL, and El Paso. That’s what is skewing some of these outcomes. Put those five in and suddenly DC doesn’t look so bad.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. andy permalink*
    October 22, 2007 6:04 pm

    After sharing some bar space with Eagles fans for a mere 20 minutes last night, I can say that Philly must be one of the dumbest cities too.

  2. stager permalink
    October 22, 2007 9:10 pm

    ok i think some of these results might be skewed by tourists.

    as a visiting tourist, of course you aren’t going to think of locals a ‘fun’ or ‘friendly’ while we mutter curses at you for standing on the left of the metro escalator and taking the full 30 seconds given to stroll across constitution ave as we wait to make a turn to get good parking for kickball.

    and while we can’t compete with the miamis and charlestons for attractiveness, in general nearly all dc locals are fit and good looking. the people that dont fit this mold include 1- disgruntled government HR reps, and 2- the tourists themselves. to say that we are less attractive than chicago (america’s fattest city in 2006) and fatlanta is just wrong.

  3. October 23, 2007 5:10 pm

    We Philadelphians love our city. I collected a bunch of photos of my friends and posted them to show how beautiful Philly jawns really are… someone’s gotta stand up for us!
    http://ryanbarrett.typepad.com/cheapthrills/2007/10/philly-is-fly-p.html

  4. Ashley permalink
    October 25, 2007 5:32 pm

    RyanB has pointed out that Philly has a lot of turbos.

    As Leviticus 5:27-29 points out, Turbos are not synonymous with beauty.

  5. October 26, 2007 1:32 pm

    umm… what’s a turbo?

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