Most miserable cities

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I miss living in New Mexico if only for the Mexican food (And New-Mexican food. "Red or Green anyone?)
Thats another city that is sort of miserable, Albuquerque. It has a lot of nice places, restaurants, the mountains; lots of character. But man, I think that city has at least 4 seasons of COPS dedicated to it.

But I still miss it, and Sandia Labs. Maybe some day when I finish this PhD...
 
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Gateshead high street is miserable :(. It sucks!
 
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Pig's head is classic food in Europe.
 
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In Mexican food, it's the meat on the head, primarily the cheek meat and around the ears which is considered the best tasting meat on the pig.

Head cheese is something different.
It's processed as a cold cut, but it's the same parts of a pig's head. It said so on TV.
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Please no more pigs head, i remember Arildnos photo of one in another thread, you guys must have cast iron bellies.
 
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In my family, head-cheese was treated as a highly-regarded cold-cut-type meat product, while other waste-meat products were just "food".
 
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I guess it's what you're used to. I could never live in NY city because I love open spaces, lots of grass and trees, privacy, quiet and no crowds.

There are people that grew up in NY city that love it because they have never known anything else. They think living in an apartment the size of most people's closet is normal and love the fact that there are crowds everywhere and don't even notice the pollution and noise.
I love cities, and I hope to eventually move to a big city, maybe go to grad school in or near one of the country's bigger cities, but NEVER would I consider New York! There is just something about the city that makes it undesirable. I think it has something to do with the fact that it is TOO big, even for a big city lover like me. It's so big as to be hindering. Now, Boston or Chicago! Those are cities I would love to live in!
 
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I love cities, and I hope to eventually move to a big city, maybe go to grad school in or near one of the country's bigger cities, but NEVER would I consider New York! There is just something about the city that makes it undesirable. I think it has something to do with the fact that it is TOO big, even for a big city lover like me. It's so big as to be hindering. Now, Boston or Chicago! Those are cities I would love to live in!
If you like to drive, NEVER consider Boston!!!!!! Those people are the worst drivers in the world, and they are absolutely the rudest!! I can tell you that driving in rush-hour traffic in Manhattan is a piece of cake compared to driving in "The Hub" any normal working day. If you're going to be driving a lot in Boston on any given day, you'd better be driving a rental, and let the rental company decide who has to pay for the damage that the creep caused who side-swiped you.
 
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I have to say, Houston bad drivers definitely beat out Boston's. There are lots of twelve-lane highways out there and the drivers are so accustomed to having an incredible amount of space around them that they don't feel obliged to drive in the same direction the road is going.
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CQ, when you are driving in Boston, you are driving on a spider-web-shaped net of roads that developed almost 300 years ago, and all the other drivers act like they hate you. You really have to experience Boston driving. This is the worst environment with the worst fellow-drivers that you can imagine. I have driven all over the US, (with the exception of the far-west with the stop and go traffic on the coastal highways,) and Boston is by FAR the suckiest place to drive in at least 4/5ths of the country. I have biker friends on the south side of Boston that would invite me and my wife down, and we would refuse every year. They would load up their Harleys on trailers and pickup-beds and come up to ride with us for 15-20 years over and over again. We wouldn't go there on a bet.
 
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Yes, I've driven all over the country too. And I live in New Hampshire so I've driven in Boston lots. I'd agree that navigating in Boston is a pain in the butt, especially given that they don't seem to think street name signs are very important, but by my estimate Houston beat them for bad drivers.
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I grew up in LA and now hate all cities. But after twenty years of country living I have gotten so rural that when last at my sister's house in Sacramento, I was outside and almost took a pee in the yard!

Here in the sticks you pee wherever you want! :biggrin:
 
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From my bit of the world - Doncaster or Hull
As a lifelong resident of Hull I must contest! Like any UK city it is not without its problems but it doesn't deserve the bad press it gets.
 
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I'd voted for London where robbing of car parkers is legalized. Talking about cars in cities, of all Capitals I have driven in, Amsterdam, Bruxelles, Paris, London, Rome, Berlin, the most miserable to drive in is The Hague. Always changing road constructions send you into an urban forest of one way streets, always the wrong way.

Then again The Hague is also the greenest city I know, a plethora of parks, so you can enjoy the scenery on the many detours trying to find your destination.
 
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turbo, living in Maine, I don't think you've ever tasted authentic Mexican food.
For years I worked as a technical/training consultant to the pulp and paper industry, and during the time that I was self-employed in that field, most of my clients were in the deep south, ranging from Texas to Florida. I've had some pretty good Mexican food, including some little dives around San Antonio during one business trip. The best ever, though was at this dumpy-looking place on the north side of the causeway between Tampa and Clearwater. That was about 15 years back. The place was staffed by and frequented by Mexicans and the food was wonderful. I don't know if that place still exists, but given the number of patrons there every time I visited, I can't imagine that it has closed.
 
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I'd voted for London where robbing of car parkers is legalized. Talking about cars in cities, of all Capitals I have driven in, Amsterdam, Bruxelles, Paris, London, Rome, Berlin, the most miserable to drive in is The Hague. Always changing road constructions send you into an urban forest of one way streets, always the wrong way.

Then again The Hague is also the greenest city I know, a plethora of parks, so you can enjoy the scenery on the many detours trying to find your destination.
I have only been to London twice, once on the train to visit the museums, and one time i had to drive three parts through it ,that was a nightmare, i bet i wore a millimeter off the tyres just trying to keep out of the way of those nutter drivers .
 
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It's processed as a cold cut, but it's the same parts of a pig's head. It said so on TV.
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Yes, it's a gelatinous loaf with parts from the pig's head, Andrew Zimmenr was chowing down on it the other night on Bizzarre Foods. I meant that the head meat cooked for tamales is completely different from how it's cooked for head cheese.

I think I ate head cheese when I was little, not sure, my mother used to but some starnge stuff at the deli. but blood sausage with tongue is wonderful.
 
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Is this the food thread?:rolleyes: I used to love blood sausage pan-fried in butter alongside split flaky biscuits. That made a pretty tasty little breakfast sandwich.
 
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I've been watching so many Travel Channel food shows that I now associate cities with food.
 
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I just went through the Forbes list, and all I can say is, you can probably get any cities you want on such a list, by using a suitable set of criteria.

For me, any list of "miserable cities" that includes both Detroit and Charlotte, and does not include either Cleveland or (worse) Youngstown, Ohio, is suspicious.
 
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I just went through the Forbes list, and all I can say is, you can probably get any cities you want on such a list, by using a suitable set of criteria.

For me, any list of "miserable cities" that includes both Detroit and Charlotte, and does not include either Cleveland or (worse) Youngstown, Ohio, is suspicious.
Funny, for a city I thought Charlotte was pretty nice.
 
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My vote for America's worst city: Watts.

For a number of years I had to work at MLK hospital in Watts from time to time. We would park the mobile CT out back near the emergency entrance and do service and repairs at night. A cop once told me that I was crazy to be working there without a gun.

One night I was there alone and heard a gang coming through the parking lot. So I turned off the lights and kept very quiet while they passed. Fact is, had they seen me I may well be dead now. These guys will kill at the drop of a hat. In fact many gangs require that you kill someone as part of the initiation process.
 
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I thought LA was supposed to be glamorous?
It's a glamorous kind of misery.
 
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Funny, for a city I thought Charlotte was pretty nice.
So so I... I should have made clear that I thought it odd, all by itself, that both Detroit and Charlotte were on the same list.

I watch local news from there on TV regularly, and it's full of crime reports, but that's true of TV news in most cities. I visit there occasionally, too. Charlotte doesn't have anything like the abandoned neighborhoods and empty blocks in Detroit and some other cities, and there's a good amount of activity downtown.

I grew up near Youngstown, Ohio, and drove through the city on my way north while traveling last summer. It was a very depressing experience. It looked like about half the buildings had been torn down along the main street heading into downtown, and an area that once contained steel mills was a big open field.
 
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Cleveland has become a really nice city in the past 15 years. As downtowns go, its people friendly with sidewalk cafes open well into the night. The revamping of the train station was done very well, with artist and speciality shops. I enjoy going there.
 

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