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Philadelphia: America’s 2nd Dirtiest City

By Wyatt Earp | June 18, 2011

I’ve lived here all my life and I can tell you that this town wallows in its own filth. Drive down any street here and you’ll see some jerkass throw trash – piles of it – out their car windows. I wish I were kidding.

The City of Brotherly Love has been ranked the second dirtiest city in the U.S., according to a survey by Travel and Leisure magazine. The magazine included 35 cities ranked on cleanliness, culture, shopping, nightlife, restaurants, pizza, historical sites, museums and more.

We were beaten out by New Orleans. Way to geaux, N’awlins!

Naturally, the city can’t handle the truth, and they responded like petulant children:

The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation isn’t taking this lying down. The agency decided to pull it ads from the publication that is talking trash.

Meryl Levitz, CEO of the GPTMC, which has been advertising in Travel and Leisure for years, said, “It felt kind of good to pull it.”

Isn’t it good to know our Tourism Czar can accept criticism like an adult? And we wonder why Brad Pitt took his film elsewhere.

Oh well, you know we’ve made it when the Taiwanese animators make fun of us.

Although, in fairness, Geno’s is teh awesome. (Thanks to Maetenloch for the vid.)

Topics: Philly | 17 Comments »

17 Responses to “Philadelphia: America’s 2nd Dirtiest City”

  1. Bluwall Says:
    June 18th, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Don’t take this lying down, you’ll only get lethargic and wallow in the doldrums! Try harder; you can beat New Orleans!

    Strive for it and someday you too can be numbah one!

  2. Ambulance_Driver Says:
    June 18th, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    … CEO of the GPTMC, which has been advertising in Travel and Leisure for years, said, “It felt kind of good to pull it.”

    Truer words never spoken.

  3. bob (either orr) Says:
    June 18th, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    So Mayor Squidward wants to raise a beverage tax to clean it up. NOT!

  4. Dannytheman Says:
    June 18th, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    People always say, “You’ve lived here your entire life and you hardly ever go in to the city?” Planning and active avoidance. I have a hundred reasons to ignore the city.
    I wanted the Phillies Stadium to be built in Essington, I wanted the Eagles stadium to be parked in Tinicum.
    When I go into the city I have to be heavily armed and heavily ammo’d, I mean even the Beavers are nasty.

    I love this area, I loath Philly!!

  5. Wyatt Earp Says:
    June 18th, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Bluwall – I’m gonna start throwing my Sunday paper into the street while driving to work!

    AD – Bawahahahahaha!

    Bob – No, city council decided to raise property taxes . . . again. A-holes.

    Danny – There are some good places left here, but a lot of them are surrounded by scum.

  6. Rick Says:
    June 18th, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    What happened to home town pride?

  7. Randal Graves Says:
    June 18th, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    “It felt kind of good to pull it.”

    I say that almost every night.

  8. Mark Says:
    June 19th, 2011 at 12:18 am

    To be fair, New Orleans is mostly gone since Katrina.

    That didn’t come out right…

    You can either stand and fight or move someplace else and fight. The choice of where to fight is the only real choice any of us have. Embedded corruption happens everywhere. I will take my chances where I can still be a man and not be some gelding who lives under laws that I do not by my very foundation abide. In this environment I can make a difference. Hell, I threatened one of my city counsel members with a beating and nothing came of it. What would happen if you did that? My guy said he’d do his best (he said this to my face with true concern for his well being), your guy would have you arrested for… well, you’re the cop.

    As fathers, we are expected to fight for the futures of our children. We can only choose the venue.

  9. ORPO1 Says:
    June 19th, 2011 at 1:16 am

    Gonna link this one!
    Too good to pass up!

  10. hutch1200 Says:
    June 19th, 2011 at 6:34 am

    BTW happy “Steak and Oral Day”

  11. Wyatt Earp Says:
    June 19th, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Rick – Died a long time ago.

    Randal – Almost? I say it EVERY night!

    ORPO1 – Thank you, sir!

    Hutch1200 – Is that today? Sweet!

  12. BlackOrchid Says:
    June 19th, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    After watching the krep that went down here last week with supposed “Republican” Jack “loony” Kelly voting for ANOTHER property tax increase rather than – GOD FORBID! – not increasing wasteful spending . . . I just . . I just don’t know how people are doing it.

    As you know we left CC a while ago and missed it; my husband was working in town still. He just recently got a new job out here in the burbs and was sad about not being about to go to 500 degrees for lunch or having to use the Y rather than The Bellevue . . . and then he got his first paycheck. The one without the city taxes taken out. Yeah, that was quite the attitude adjustment!

  13. Wyatt Earp Says:
    June 19th, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Orchid – Second raise in two years. If they really want to drive the residents out of Philly, congratulations: mission accomplished.

  14. Jack Lee Says:
    June 19th, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Super tribute to Barbara Mc Devitt famliy member who passed away last November 16th in Florida. The New Jersey tribute was Satrurday in Spring Lake N.J. where Her ashes were put in the ocean a while back. A nice party of most of her friends and relatives in th North East, Cousin Jack Lee

  15. AJ Lynch Says:
    June 19th, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Only 2nd place?

    Oh well, I think Philly got 1st Place in “City with the most downtown sidewalks that smell like urine”.

  16. Wyatt Earp Says:
    June 19th, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Uncle Jack – Thanks. Yesterday was a sad, but great day.

    AJ – We’re up and coming.

  17. Bob G. Says:
    June 20th, 2011 at 11:00 am

    I’m pretty much beside myself now.

    I know our neighborhood in the lower NE (Philly)was ALWAYS nice looking, and people didn’t cotton to the notion of tossing trash randomly (it was pretty much all dumped down the corner culverts when desperate)

    I think a LOT of it comes from the past several decades…when people got this “hurray for me, and screw everyone else” mindset.

    Hell, I’m always picking up litter being tossed on OUR property in Ft. Wayne, but I say it’s becasue of a stupid-ass minority populations (very few whites anymore down here that care), and that will label me a racist (erroneously, for I do know quality folks of EVERY race)…whatever.

    At least I know something called RESEPCT for other’s property…had to living on a block of rowhomes…LOL.

    I also know what WILL work to clean up Philly:
    Mandatory death sentence for being a LITTERBUG!
    (well, it WOULD clean up the WORST areas firrst, eh?


    Just a thought.

    Roll safe out there.