Congratulations, Dallas. Travel & Leisure Says You're the Dirtiest City in Texas

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Patrick Michels
Travel & Leisure doesnt' know what they're talking about. Dallas is squeaky clean.
Quantifying a the cleanliness of an entire city seems like it would pose a challenge. Do you count the number of discarded Taco Bell cups? Analyze shower head sales? Perform a census of head lice? There are countless factored to be considered if you are to get a solid grasp of how tidy a city is.

Somehow, the wizard's at Travel & Leisureundoubtedly peer-reviewed list of the country's 20 dirtiest cities.

The magazine writes, by way of introduction:

The cities that scraped the bottom of the cleanliness category may show signs of grit, grime, or muck, but they all have some basic features in common: they're big, and most have a bustling nightlife. Partiers tend to be on the younger side -- and that may add to the disarray. "Studies have consistently found that youths and young adults are the most prone, or willing, to litter," says Steve Spacek, author of the "American State Litter Scorecard," which has highlighted the less-than-pristine conditions in such top 20 cities as New Orleans, Chicago, and Las Vegas.

Dallas/Fort Worth (which someone should tell T&L is actually two cities), is veritably crawling with dirty young people and comes in at No. 7. That means we're cleaner than New York and New Orleans but considerably filthier than Houston (No. 10), San Antonio (No.16) and every single other place in Texas, none of which made the list.

And what makes Dallas so dirty? Is it the burning feeling you get in your lungs on summer afternoons? The fetid West Nile ponds? The giant dump the Cowboys took on football fans last week? T&L offers only this:

According to data, the Dallas area may have less of an ozone problem than Houston, but it still leapfrogged over its fellow Texas city and into the Dirtiest 10 this year. Perhaps voters didn't find enough green space: the cities ranked last for their public parks. Locals here may prefer ballparks instead -- these Texans also ranked in the top 10 for being sports-crazed.

The ranking may seem like bad news, but this could really turn into a positive rebranding opportunity. Something like "Dallas: Smells Better than Bourbon Street." The tourists will come in droves.

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27 comments
Al Garrett
Al Garrett

Impossible. Ft. Worth is one of the cleanest towns I've been in. And Dallas comes second.

Amanda Munster
Amanda Munster

"Dallas/ Fort Worth (which someone should tell T&L is actually two cities)" lol Wonder if they took that into account. Is Dallas bringing down Fort Worth? haha

Ron Brown
Ron Brown

Brenda- maybe it's because they are a dirty business!

Ron Brown
Ron Brown

What or who is Travel & Leisure?

Brenda Barrett Van Sickle
Brenda Barrett Van Sickle

Um, I would really like to know where you got my copyrighted photo from. Seriously. I took that photo and have the original right in front of me.

Daniel
Daniel

Dallas is sort of middling -- not especially clean, but hardly dirty compared to D.C. or Philly or even sunny L.A. 

 

I propose a new truth-in-advertising slogan: "Dallas: It's Some Kind of Middling!"   

thejpro
thejpro

Funny, I just ran into a conventioneer who said Dallas was one of the cleanest downtowns she's been to. And she loved all the green space and parks. *shrug*

brad.mason.dallas
brad.mason.dallas

Dallas is way dirty on it's major highways.  All the entrance/exit ramps throughout the mixmaster are littered with trash.  Tagging and graffiti are rampant and the Dallas solution is to paint over it with battleship grey,  What happened to the environmentally friendly soda blaster that was heralded before the Super Bowl?  Diapers, condoms, Wendy's all proliferate throughout central Dallas but as least the burbs have a more pristine landscape.

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

The Supports for the Large Marge could use a scrubbing !

 

 

JohnNeelyBryan
JohnNeelyBryan

Dallas could be cleaner, we need more public trash cans, the air can get dodgy. But they obviously didn't visit Houston. No statistics can convey the sweaty mayonnaise smell.

melissaswebster
melissaswebster

@Bastard_Of_1967 @Dallas_Observer I have to agree. Dallas is way cleaner than Houston.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

It's the dirty, exposed undergarments of the urban youth that are contaminating our supermarket produce.

 

According to one local luminary.

texaspainter
texaspainter

I've often wondered why we don't have public trash receptacles on major thoroughfares, and intersections. I suppose that would be too urban.

stevespacek1
stevespacek1

Houston was rated less dirtier than Dallas. Were talking about heavy litter and trash all over Dallas streets, sidewalks, parks and waterways.

stevespacek1
stevespacek1

At this very moment, New York is THE #1 DIRTIEST major American City, followed by New Orleans, Baltimore, L.A. and Atlanta. Washington DC  IS NOT a top ten "Dirtiest City" for heavymost illegal littering and dumping on public spaces, but arguably maybe for local politicians and Members of Congress. Los Angeles is the ONLY  Top Ten of these T+L "Cities" to have taken a harder legislative stance on "cracking down" illegal littering and dumping. Though three of America;s Dirtiest cities are in Texas, most of America's Dirtiest are located in the 440-mile Washington to Boston corridor of the Northeast--by, the most resistant region in America to stopping urban ant-Green problems.

By the Way, I am from Texas!!!!

stevespacek1
stevespacek1

Use the TXDOT website to complain--State law require litter/debris to be removed in timely manner. Contact County and The Legisalture in Austin if it persists.

TXDOT is certainly familiar with me!!!

Double-O-Joe
Double-O-Joe

 @texaspainter 

Because there isn't enough money to pay city employees to empty them, or to hire an outside contractor to handle the job.

sliceofpeach
sliceofpeach

 @texaspainter  Yes, but sometimes even when there are trashbins people still throw their trash on the ground.  It's called "lazy stupidity".

 

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

 @texaspainter We used to, but then some folks thought that a string thingy bridge would be a better use of our resources ...

 

It is why I like Jack in the Box over Mickey D's, Jack has a trashcan in his drive through lanes ...

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