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(News.com.au)   The world's most unfriendly city? Newark, which finally beat out Islamabad this year   (news.com.au) divider line 88
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2013-08-06 05:05:36 PM
The list has made me rethink my plans for a Christmas vacation in Islamabad, Pakistan. Might have to go to plan B.
 
2013-08-06 05:16:12 PM
about 90% of that is because it's IN New Jersey.  There are enough people in Newark without outside people farking it up.
 
2013-08-06 05:33:14 PM
I've been to Newark.  Very friendly folks: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newark,_Arkansas  Y'all have crazy lists.
 
2013-08-06 05:33:31 PM
Yep that ones on there and so is that other one....other then Oakland and Detriot all the other US cities are in the same proximity to each other.....just sayin
 
2013-08-06 05:33:46 PM
Not Chicago aka GetShotVille?
 
2013-08-06 05:34:38 PM
can still chant "WE'RE #1"
 
2013-08-06 05:35:14 PM
I do have a positive comment about their airport. Last time I was there, it was like all the help had gone to anger management training, or taken nice pills or something. Still in a permanent state of construction, but they were helpful to get me where I had to go.
 
2013-08-06 05:36:03 PM
Even though I live in SoCal, I never eat the vile, green guacamole goo.  Looks like baby poo.
 
2013-08-06 05:36:33 PM
I'm vacationing to the New Haven, CT area this fall.  WTF is wrong with them?
 
2013-08-06 05:36:47 PM

rkiller1: Even though I live in SoCal, I never eat the vile, green guacamole goo.  Looks like baby poo.


Ooops.
 
2013-08-06 05:36:55 PM
YMMV, I suppose, but I've been places FAR unfriendlier than Newark.  Like Boston.  You can almost see the anger steaming out of the sewers.
 
2013-08-06 05:37:46 PM

lenfromak: Still in a permanent state of construction,


you can thank the teamsters for that.
 
2013-08-06 05:38:16 PM

rkiller1: rkiller1: Even though I live in SoCal, I never eat the vile, green guacamole goo.  Looks like baby poo.

Ooops.


Oddly enough, it still seemed to fit into the thread.
 
2013-08-06 05:39:11 PM
New Haven? Can anybody explain that? (been there once)
 
2013-08-06 05:40:49 PM

rkiller1: rkiller1: Even though I live in SoCal, I never eat the vile, green guacamole goo.  Looks like baby poo.

Ooops.


>cries<
 
2013-08-06 05:41:23 PM
2. Hobart, Tasmania

BS. What's the sample size? c'mon.
 
2013-08-06 05:42:52 PM
Oakland just knifed the Obvious tag and left it to bleed out in a dark alley.
 
2013-08-06 05:43:57 PM

Taima: Oakland just knifed the Obvious tag and left it to bleed out in a dark alley.


I know Oakland well. Definitely not a friendly city.
 
jvl
2013-08-06 05:45:02 PM
And that, dear reader, is how you troll a "worst cities list" to generate hits.
 
2013-08-06 05:45:24 PM
Number six is friendly by royal decree, heh.

And I can see Oakland being up there with the worst of them.  As a Bay Area native it was a place I only went to when I absolutely had to.    The entire upper East Bay from Berkeley to Hayward is one giant traffic jam full of mortgage lemmings commuting in and out.
 
2013-08-06 05:46:02 PM
Newark tops list of Third World hellholes.
 
2013-08-06 05:47:24 PM

Phelyx: I'm vacationing to the New Haven, CT area this fall.  WTF is wrong with them?


Nothing.  Had some of the best days of my life in that town.  Awesome people there and I miss it so much. FYI...Don't forget to stop by the Cafe 9. Best neighborhood bar ever. Also, get a peanut butter canneolli at Libby's and a falafel at Mamouns if you can. A burger from Louis Lunch is also recommended....  Man, I miss New Haven....
 
2013-08-06 05:48:49 PM
Hoboken feels neglected.
 
2013-08-06 05:49:01 PM

Smeggy Smurf: Not Chicago aka GetShotVille?


Chicago actually has a fairly low murder rate. They had a statistical spike last year, but even then it was only about 25 percent of the murder rate in Detroit or New Orleans. Newark's murder rate is double Chicago's last year.

Oh, and on behalf of the people of New Jersey, let me refute Condé Nast's review with the following argument:

FARK YOU! THIS IS FARKIN' JERSEY; IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT, KISS MY ASS!! AND FARK YOU, YOU FARKIN' FARK!
 
2013-08-06 05:49:04 PM
So the U.S. has one of the friendliest cities, and half of the unfriendliest cities. Sounds about right.

/Americans are rude and crude, and murdery
 
2013-08-06 05:49:37 PM
Take that, East St. Louis.
 
gja [TotalFark]
2013-08-06 05:50:56 PM

my alt's alt's alt: So the U.S. has one of the friendliest cities, and half of the unfriendliest cities. Sounds about right.

/Americans are rude and crude, and murdery


0/10

/troll more elegantly next time
 
2013-08-06 05:51:02 PM
Newark is such a crap hole though so can you blame the residents for being unfriendly? I'd be miserable too if I had to live there!
 
2013-08-06 05:56:42 PM

ManateeGag: about 90% of that is because it's IN New

NORTH Jersey.  There are enough people in Newark without outside people farking it up.

/it matters
 
2013-08-06 05:58:18 PM
The whole northeast deserves an asteroid strike.
 
2013-08-06 05:59:37 PM
Who the fark would go to Islamabad or Newark anyway? Farking shiatholes.
 
2013-08-06 06:02:17 PM
Newark was a beautiful city 100 years ago. So was Oakland. Both were extremely livable. Detroit too for that matter.
 
2013-08-06 06:08:18 PM

Vectron: Newark was a beautiful city 100 years ago


http://www.flu.gov/pandemic/history/1918/your_state/northeast/newjer se y/

 "Influenza rapidly spread throughout Newark. Dead bodies accumulated without being buried. City employees were recruited to dig graves and a hundred firemen volunteered to help bury the dead. Rather than individual graves, teams of horses dug trenches to bury the dead. Because public funerals were banned to prevent the spread of the disease, no one complained."

Yes, truly a paradise

;-)
 
2013-08-06 06:09:54 PM

my alt's alt's alt: So the U.S. has one of the friendliest cities, and half of the unfriendliest cities. Sounds about right.

/Americans are rude and crude, and murdery


I'll bite that troll bait.  Poor US people are bitter, but they're more tell-to-your-face-and-take-your-wallet and not Damascus or Cairo bitter.  I'd hate to be a middle-class-looking person of any ethnicity that wasn't recognized as local in either of those cities right now, regardless of national origin.
 
2013-08-06 06:10:04 PM

Vectron: Newark was a beautiful city 100 years ago. So was Oakland. Both were extremely livable. Detroit too for that matter.


Yep. Massive industrialization produced a busy, but unlivable inner city. Inability to annex suburbs caused city budget problems and commensurate breakdown in city services. Failure to modernize led to the death of industry, producing an ugly, blighted city core. Re-use of the old industrial sites for residential use is helping a lot of cities recover from what was a national phenomenon, but lower post-industrial wages has made for a smaller middle class, and slowed the recovery.
 
2013-08-06 06:11:15 PM

johnny_vegas: Vectron: Newark was a beautiful city 100 years ago

http://www.flu.gov/pandemic/history/1918/your_state/northeast/newjer se y/

 "Influenza rapidly spread throughout Newark. Dead bodies accumulated without being buried. City employees were recruited to dig graves and a hundred firemen volunteered to help bury the dead. Rather than individual graves, teams of horses dug trenches to bury the dead. Because public funerals were banned to prevent the spread of the disease, no one complained."

Yes, truly a paradise

;-)


Sounds like Dishonored.
 
2013-08-06 06:12:47 PM
Ah yes, New Jersey, California, Connecticut, and Michigan in the top 10. America's great Blue State Utopias.
 
2013-08-06 06:14:51 PM

WhoopAssWayne: Ah yes, New Jersey, California, Connecticut, and Michigan in the top 10. America's great Blue State Utopias.


Facepalm. Yes, yes, partisan voting patterns determine everything about a place and its people. EVERYTHING.
 
2013-08-06 06:15:49 PM
For being the funniest people on earth, it seems like Americans are some seriously unfriendly assholes.
 
2013-08-06 06:16:57 PM

johnny_vegas: Vectron: Newark was a beautiful city 100 years ago

http://www.flu.gov/pandemic/history/1918/your_state/northeast/newjer se y/

 "Influenza rapidly spread throughout Newark. Dead bodies accumulated without being buried. City employees were recruited to dig graves and a hundred firemen volunteered to help bury the dead. Rather than individual graves, teams of horses dug trenches to bury the dead. Because public funerals were banned to prevent the spread of the disease, no one complained."

Yes, truly a paradise

;-)


"Bring out your dead. Bring out your dead."
 
2013-08-06 06:19:40 PM

johnny_vegas: ManateeGag: about 90% of that is because it's IN New NORTH Jersey.  There are enough people in Newark without outside people farking it up.

/it matters


As a former resident of south Jersey, I concur. Some really lovely areas there. Princeton area and most of the lower half outside of Trenton was awesome. Probably wouldn't move back for no reason, but would not be disappointed if a job took me there.
 
2013-08-06 06:22:47 PM
Not surprised to see Newark at #1, but no East St. Louis (or St. Louis itself for that matter?)

/If having a murder rate at over 18x the national average doesn't get you into the unfriendliest cities list, what does?
//For you citation needed folks: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_St._Louis,_Illinois
 
2013-08-06 06:25:19 PM

Creoena: Not surprised to see Newark at #1, but no East St. Louis (or St. Louis itself for that matter?)


News.com.au is still waiting for a pollster to return from East St. Louis alive before they can assign a rating.
 
2013-08-06 06:30:20 PM
 
2013-08-06 06:31:21 PM
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2013-08-06 06:33:24 PM
Newark unfriendly? F*ck you, buddy. Go take your list and shove up your whore ass!
 
2013-08-06 06:38:40 PM
Thats weird. I always heard Kilkenny, Ireland was full of bastards.
 
2013-08-06 06:44:23 PM

djZorbof: Thats weird. I always heard Kilkenny, Ireland was full of bastards.


Oh my god, Kilkenny!

You bastards!

/ I'm ashamed
 
2013-08-06 06:47:07 PM

ChiWhiteSox_56: djZorbof: Thats weird. I always heard Kilkenny, Ireland was full of bastards.

Oh my god, Kilkenny!

You bastards!

/ I'm ashamed


Aaaand I think I just got the joke. Oy ...
 
2013-08-06 06:48:03 PM
I can see New Haven being on the list, but not in the top ten. The New Haven-ists I've met tend to have a very egotistical and naive outlook on life - nothing exists outside of New Haven. As such, they're prone to selfish acts and irrational, hotly contested arguments.

I'm very surprised that no city from Massachusetts made it on the bad list. I work in a large city in MA (not Boston, but a large city nontheless) and every day I run into unfriendly (and usually uneducated) idiots. They have a permanent "f*ck you, I've got mine, get the hell outta my way" attitude. I loathe the drive in to and from work - it's an 18 mile commute and the final two miles, which are within this city's city limits, eat up a third to half of my driving time and are filled with me dodging around irrational morons. There's a reason why people call Massachusetts' drivers Massholes.

Kilkenny, Ireland was awesome. In fact, everywhere I went in Ireland I encountered friendly or at least polite people. If it wasn't for their love of round-a-bouts (seriously, on one motorway there was one every half mile or so) and extremely narrow, winding mountain roads, I'd move to Ireland in a heartbeat.
 
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