Post # 32
Okay, so I’m not a major world traveler or anything, but I’ve been to NYC, Philly, Berlin, London, Paris and a few other places. Cities in general are dirty, but Philly and Paris have got to be the worst ones. I think the cleanest were Berlin and London. In Germany I know there is a big initiative to keep things clean for the environment. I would still never wear flip flops probably anywhere, but especially not in a city! Unfortunately, I think a lot of the dirt factor in some of these cities are due to tourists, and not necessarily the people who are from there.
Post # 33
If you wanna go to the peeing in public capitol of the world Belgium is your place. Especially in the summertime and especially during a festival in a city becasue the whole place reeks of pee becasue it’s one gigantic public toilet and you can’t escape. So freaking gross, not at all comparable to NYC as some PPs have said. Yes NYC has it’s gross smells, particularly on trash day when the streets are lined with garbage, and of course you’ll find your urine stench here and there but yeah it is not comparable to other cities Paris included.
That is one thing I cannot stand is urine stench, I cannot count how many times I’ve had a fit of dry heaving in the city streets in Belgium and France becasue of it.
Post # 34
It’s funny, I’ve been to Paris (a couple years ago) and in the 10 days I was there I probably saw dog poop once, and I never ran into any odd smells. But when I got back everyone asked me how dirty the place was…. honestly, the place I live now is dirty. The sewers smell bad everywhere. There is dog poop everywhere. I didn’t understand how Paris got it’s bad reputation for being dirty.
Maybe I’m just use to worse. I don’t know haha.
Post # 35
I think Philly’s comparable to NYC. Sure if you go to the bad parts with abandoned houses, neither is going to look appealing, but comparing city centers they are pretty equal in dirtyness.
Post # 36
i must say i find nyc to be much worse than philly. im in philly every day and have less issues than when i head to nyc a few times a year. i think its just a function of size/population. not that philly is a sparkling, beautiful gem or anything. but you know what i mean.
i went to chicago about a year ago and was really amazed at how beautiful it was in comparision to philly/nyc, though!
Post # 37
First of all, your “French are revolting” comment is rude.
Second, I’ve been to Paris, it’s absolutely no different then any other major city (Toronto, NYC, LA, London, etc..) major cities can be beautiful and can be dirty. You’ll find human spit all over the place, some people spit. In gross places. All over the world.
Paris IS a very romantic city, probably moreso to tourists then to people who actually live there. But people shouldn’t be scared to go there because they think it’ll smell. It smells wonderful in some places, it smells like a big city in other places. End of story.
Post # 38
Sorry if I offended you. As I pointed out earlier, the comment was just a reflection of my frustration – the title did say I was venting. I never said Paris was not romantic and am in no way trying to put people off coming. If you read my posts I have stated several times how much I love the city.
Post # 39
well it’s prob bc when I go to NYC i’m only downtown, in Philly I go all over and it’s just so bad in a lot of places that used to be decent!! I just have fam and friends that never left. A ton of my family lives in Kensington, it’s AWFUL there now! AWFUL. I do a lot of volunteer work too cleaning up parks and stuff and it’s all needles, condoms, I even found a hole in the ground once where people would do drugs and have sex it was FULL of drug garbage and had a couch in it lol I think it was in a lot where there used to be a house and they covered it over but someone dug to the old basement! and it was next to an abandoned house which I opened the door to by mistake and there was like 283 people in there all drugged out just pissed we were there.. ugh. There are kids all over, why does no one care that they may find this stuff??? It’s sad, and the people who actually live in the neighborhoods just sit there WATCHING as we clean, if it were my neighborhood I’d be helping but they don’t care. Even when I was little and lived in the Northeast it was nice, now it’s getting really really bad, I’m sure if I ventured into different neighbs in NYC I’d feel the same way.
Post # 40
That does sound gross… but not as bad as some places I’ve seen in Asia. Have you been to South Mainland China?? Some people hork and spit inside buildings, subways, malls and especially in outdoor public places. They also casually throw out garbage anywhere they see fit. Not to mention, small children have slits in their pants and poo anywhere the feel like it. I think if I’ve been able to survive that, Paris will be a walk in the park… even with the dog poo.
Post # 41
Yep. I’ve been to a couple of French cities (it was a long time ago so I don’t remember names!) and I remember one which had a quay, and the water was brown and covered with green mould. I tied going to the toilet and backed right out again once I saw it was nothing but a hole in the floor that stank to high heaven.
I’ve never noticed much wrong with London – sure, the underground is pretty much a public toilet and getting crushed by a crowd of people who haven’t bathed in a month isn’t pleasant… but the city itself doesn’t seem to bad.
If you want to talk clean cities, though – Edinburgh. Gorgeous, and so well-maintained! We actually saw people going around with steam cleaners to get rid of gum off the pavement, it was pretty nice!