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    Shithole Cities

    Rant about cities that are shitholes.

    No politics, please (or I’ll have to move this thread behind the site members paywall).
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    Las Vegas is a shithole. Every street downtown smells like piss, tweakers are stumbling around like zombies, and it’s impossible to walk without getting hassled by con men/women. And this was before Noon on a weekday.
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    Wouldn't it be easier to just list the cities which aren't? (Assuming, of course, that such unicorns exist.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by blues View Post
    Wouldn't it be easier to just list the cities which aren't? (Assuming, of course, that such unicorns exist.)
    Hmm. Salt Lake City, Boise, Bozeman…
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clusterfrack View Post
    Rant about cities that are shitholes.

    No politics, please (or I’ll have to move this thread behind the site members paywall).
    Parts of Portland. Parts of Seattle. Parts of San Francisco. Parts of Spokane. All those cities have nice parts too. I’m sure I’m missing, well… a majority of urban centers.

    But you asked for a rant. One of the alluring parts of motorcycling is passing through your environment, as opposed to the rolled-up-windows car procedure of passing by your environment. Which is great fun on a twisty mountain road, a scenic historic neighborhood, or through rolling farmland hills on secondary highways. Not so much while stopped at red light, looking around at the environment—which includes several odd, sunburnt guys on the sidewalks with their pants falling down; people on all 4 corners having arm-flailing arguments with themselves; multiple shirtless young men with teardrop tattoos on their faces, riding DWI bikes the wrong way through 3 lanes of stopped traffic, and; a grey old street lady dropping a deuce/taking a leak/whatever in the grass median on the side street across from the stop n rob.

    Something about that overly-long 90 seconds at the light really took some of the magic out of being on 2 wheels, with nowhere to be for an afternoon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clusterfrack View Post
    Las Vegas is a shithole. Every street downtown smells like piss, tweakers are stumbling around like zombies, and it’s impossible to walk without getting hassled by con men/women. And this was before Noon on a weekday.
    I went to LV for the first time last summer as the last stop in our Southwest tour (we all wanted to see Hoover Dam and decided to fly out of LV). We were there for a bit more than 12hrs (flew out the following morning). It was a total shithole just like you describe. Been once, won't be going back.

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    Parts of most large cities, sometimes the majority.

    My personal complaint is with smaller cities that are total shitholes. The most recent one added to my list is Killeen, TX. If there’s a good or even mediocre part, I haven’t found it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbkr View Post
    I went to LV for the first time last summer as the last stop in our Southwest tour (we all wanted to see Hoover Dam and decided to fly out of LV). We were there for a bit more than 12hrs (flew out the following morning). It was a total shithole just like you describe. Been once, won't be going back.

    Chris
    Agreed. I have to go there occasionally for business and in most of the nicer casino hotels it's fine but as soon as you leave the property and hit the strip it's pretty third world and the smell is always memorable. See lots of people with their kids in tow. I guess it's educational?

    Still I've gotta think SF is a top contender.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeavyDuty View Post
    My personal complaint is with smaller cities that are total shitholes.
    Reading PA is one of the bleaker places I've ever been through.

    More local to me are the parts of Annapolis that are absolute garbage. And if you ever feel the need to experience a mid-size city's garbage factor, drive the Wire Tour. Highly recommended for anyone who hasn't experienced a city that sucks the life out of the rest of a state.

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    With all due respect, this thread is pointless without talking about why those cities are shithole. What is the point of talking about it without analyzing policies that led to it? Those cities did not become so bad by accident. Just move this thread behind the site members paywall now.

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