The Sun Belt city moved four spots closer to the Most Dirty prize this year, and ranked next-to-last for feeling safe. Atlanta is trying to get rid of one unsightly presence—cigarette butts—by banning smoking in parks, with fines of up to $1,000. Readers otherwise liked the city’sgenteel shopping and the unapologetically messy barbecue.
New York City is ranked number one, and seeing as how we’ve continued to improve in the standings I’d say next year we capture the coveted crown of dirtiest city in the States. Combine that with a “feels least safe” title and hoo-boy, we’ve got a quality city if ever there was one.