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BY KERRY LEARY
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The results are in! But this competition isn’t necessarily something cities are dying to win. Forbes released a list of America’s dirtiest cities on Thursday. And the winner is... drum roll please.

Fresno, California. Forbes notes, “This Central Valley city suffers some of the worst air in the nation, and a water supply so degraded that the city used to tell pregnant women not to drink from the tap. Fresno epitomizes the environmental challenges of the Golden State.”

But Fresno isn’t the only California city recognized... the list goes on to mention Bakersfield at number two, Modesto at number five, Riverside at six, San Jose at eight, Stockton in ninth place, Sacramento at 12, and Los Angeles at 17.

Travel and Leisure released its rankings earlier this year and had different front runners -- New York City, New Orleans and Baltimore topped that list. But the magazine notes, “To be fair …  plenty of ‘dirty’ cities are working hard to mitigate the squalor. And of course, plenty of travelers are willing to accept a little dirt in exchange for the experience of a great city.”

And WCBS spoke with Bridgeport, Connecticut’s mayor about the city’s fourth place ranking. Let’s just say, he’s not too happy with the new title.

“Bridgeport he says proudly, is the parks city – one that, just this year, planted more than 2,000 trees to enhance its seaside parks and communities … The mayor said he’s not taking the fourth dirtiest city designation seriously, adding that he doubts the Forbes people have ever visited the thriving city of Bridgeport.”

Also on the list — Louisville, Kentucky — which managed to top travel guide Lonely Planet’s list of U.S. travel destinations for 2013. So there’s that.

Forbes’ list was compiled by metro areas that showed up on lists for poor water quality and poor air quality. Then, the rankings were averaged. St. Louis closes the list at number 20.

Forbes Releases America’s 20 Dirtiest Cities for 2012

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Dec 13, 2012

Forbes Releases America’s 20 Dirtiest Cities for 2012

(Image Source: Forbes)


BY KERRY LEARY
ANCHOR LOGAN TITTLE


The results are in! But this competition isn’t necessarily something cities are dying to win. Forbes released a list of America’s dirtiest cities on Thursday. And the winner is... drum roll please.

Fresno, California. Forbes notes, “This Central Valley city suffers some of the worst air in the nation, and a water supply so degraded that the city used to tell pregnant women not to drink from the tap. Fresno epitomizes the environmental challenges of the Golden State.”

But Fresno isn’t the only California city recognized... the list goes on to mention Bakersfield at number two, Modesto at number five, Riverside at six, San Jose at eight, Stockton in ninth place, Sacramento at 12, and Los Angeles at 17.

Travel and Leisure released its rankings earlier this year and had different front runners -- New York City, New Orleans and Baltimore topped that list. But the magazine notes, “To be fair …  plenty of ‘dirty’ cities are working hard to mitigate the squalor. And of course, plenty of travelers are willing to accept a little dirt in exchange for the experience of a great city.”

And WCBS spoke with Bridgeport, Connecticut’s mayor about the city’s fourth place ranking. Let’s just say, he’s not too happy with the new title.

“Bridgeport he says proudly, is the parks city – one that, just this year, planted more than 2,000 trees to enhance its seaside parks and communities … The mayor said he’s not taking the fourth dirtiest city designation seriously, adding that he doubts the Forbes people have ever visited the thriving city of Bridgeport.”

Also on the list — Louisville, Kentucky — which managed to top travel guide Lonely Planet’s list of U.S. travel destinations for 2013. So there’s that.

Forbes’ list was compiled by metro areas that showed up on lists for poor water quality and poor air quality. Then, the rankings were averaged. St. Louis closes the list at number 20.

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