Least favorite places
I'm curious where are your least favorite places. Some of mine are because of the circumstances I was there and really are no fault of the city. Some of these I've listed I'm sure are really fantastic places.
I'll start with a few of my own.
Des Moines, IA
If Philo wants to add these to his "to visit in 2006" list, then more power to him.
January 31st, 2006 12:43am
An island in the outer heberties called Bara.
January 31st, 2006 12:45am
...I kill you now.
Seriously, I didn't like Cleveland too much.
Favorite cities: Providence, ri and Boston, cool places.
I'll agree with you on Atlanta for sure... Don't much like that city at all.
Other places I've been that I didn't enjoy (with your same caveats):
Fort Walton Beach / Destin, FL
Madison, WI (though, I see its appeal to some)
January 31st, 2006 1:02am
Add Bangalore, India to that list.
Dont set foot unless you've come with a NASA Mars rover (which was incidentally tested on the roads here).
Mumbai isn't so fun either.
January 31st, 2006 1:15am
On reflection, there are few places I've been that I've really disliked.
Houston, TX doesn't have much appeal, and Paterson, NJ has little to commend it. Midland, MI was rather wintery when I was there and all I remember is the cold and ice.
Farther abroad, Luton, Beds pretty much sucks I think. I can't see Philo going there. On the other side of the world, Mizushima in Okayama Prefecture is somewhat industrial, but nearby Kurashiki is delightful and well worth a visit.
January 31st, 2006 1:17am
You didn't like Joel's Olsteen's super-church. Houston is just a big suburban metro city. I didnt find anything to like or dislike about it.
I liked Taipei a lot. On some days I thought Seoul hell on earth.
Bedford would be my least favourite place I've worked.
Dundee close to it.
Nobody has mentioned their workplace? Lor'. What is this place coming to?
January 31st, 2006 4:25am
It's understood that Philo doesnt visit ghettos.
So that rules out our workplaces from his itinerary.
I disagree with Houston. I don't mean that I disagree with its inclusion amongst anyone's least favorite places, I mean that I abhor the whole smell and style and ethos or lack of ethos of the place, yet at the same time I can't say that my own personal experience there was awful. I hate it esthetically and intellectually rather than practically.
Top of my shitlist (cities only) probably has to be Fort McMurray, AB, Canada. Really Bad. There're some decent people there, but they're all pretty much cogs in the machine working to save cash to get the hell out.
Objectively speaking, Morgan City LA should be amongst the worst places I've worked as well, but for me it was also kind of exotic and interesting. And the local cops there, who are apparently notorious for treating people badly, actually forgoed the opportunity of charging me with carrying a drink in some public space where I wasn't actually supposed to be carrying a drink.
If we remove the implicit / assumed requirement that we're only considering cities, then I've also worked in some places you will never have heard of that were, and probably still are, much worse.
So much of your impression of a place depends upon the people there that you know, or have the fortune or misfortune to meet. Probably I agree with Simon that Dundee isn't much use.
January 31st, 2006 7:56am
OP I feel compelled to defend Hartford, CT as once having had (in the early 1980s) the best Indian retaurant I've ever met. Possibly it's since gone out of business.
January 31st, 2006 8:08am
Hartford, CT? I'm not surprised that this was listed as a non-favorite place. As someone who lives there, I'll agree that it is one of the most boring cities I've ever been to. Actually, that pretty much goes for the whole state of Connecticut.
January 31st, 2006 8:11am
I'm losing my mind and my memory. The good restaurant was in New Haven. I've only driven through Hartford - never spent time there.
January 31st, 2006 8:15am
I don't really know most of the state. My parents lived in Darien, which is really just a NYC suburb, for a year or two. I was away at boarding school most of that time, although I first learned to windsurf at a public beach in Darien one summer (big deal for me). My younger sister attended school in Darien, but I think she hated the place. She'd come to Darien by way of Calgary and Aberdeen, and had never before encountered the sort of schoolground social / popularity warfare and meaness she found in Darien. It could be that I'm drawing too much upon anecdotal and second-hand information to characterize the place. Certainly most everybody I met in CT was good to me, and Darien and environs were pretty.
January 31st, 2006 9:03am
North Peckham Estate (much improved I understand)
What I saw of Bishop Aukland wasn't great and I spent my early years in Canning Town where my Dad was considered a little odd as he wouldn't steal (and the local Church had a rifle range).
...and a Derbyshire friend of mine once told me that anyone looking for a council house in the area got one in Coalville "in order to cut down on the in-breeding".
a cynic writes
January 31st, 2006 9:48am
Elyria, OH (deliria more like it)
Fire Island, NY (ok, it is a nice place, I just had a really bad winter there)
Florida, all of it. Except for the Latinos and the cute old Jews, place feels like a stenchy pile of white trash.
and of course the winner is ....
New Fucking Orleans, circa late 2005, early 2006. It's so depressing, everyone is leaving or gone, gone, gone.
bring in da punk
January 31st, 2006 10:39am
There's nothing to do there but watch high-school football.
San Francisco, CA
Just didn't like it. Too expensive, too freaky. YOMV.
January 31st, 2006 10:51am
Anywhere within half a mile of North Sydney station.
January 31st, 2006 7:47pm