Top Ten: World's Least Friendly Cities
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When you think of friendly cities, images of smiling faces, well-behaved children, and quiet neighborhoods come to mind. However, the following top ten list contains the top least friendly cities!
The citizens in Moscow, Russia are not as friendly as they could be.
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Keywords: Top Ten Unfriendly Cities, Leas friendly cities, Moscow, Atlantic City, St. Petersburg, Marseille, France, Russia, Travel and Leisure, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Las Vegas, Cannes, Condé Nast
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (Catholic Online) - This list of the world's least friendly cities comes courtesy of the Telegraph. Is your city on the list?
10. Cannes, France
Travel site Condé Nast writes, "Despite -or perhaps because of- the hype surrounding Cannes and its glitzy film festival, many readers seemed underwhelmed."
9. Las Vegas, United States
One writer on happierabroad.com said, "I went to this big community resort with a huge swimming pool ... The thing is, there were tons of people at the pool ... Everyone had an ice wall around them. There was no talking to strangers. It was kind of depressing and sad to see that ... What's sick is how you can be around so many people in a nice recreational environment, yet none of them want to talk to you. Everyone has this antisocial toxic vibe ... that is very uninviting."
8. Baltimore, United States
Even the city's regulations, high taxes and outsourcing has led to unfriendly business ventures and practices as reported by the Baltimore Sun.
7. Philadelphia, United States
6. New York, United States
Travel & Leisure wrote, "Perhaps readers just can't forgive those brusque cabbies."
One voter told T+L that New Yorkers are "not exactly the kindest to strangers" while one claims "New York has everything -just don't ask a person in the street to help you find it."
5. Los Angeles, United States
Apparently LA's citizens need to work on their people skills with one person saying Los Angeles was full of "Rude, unhelpful people trying to scam you for everything."
4. Marseille, France
One person commented on the unfriendliness of the French. Simonflys said, "Very strange -I've always found French coffee to be just like the welcome -cold and bitter!"
3. St. Petersburg, Russia
The section continues, saying, "It's important to realize that this kind of unsmiling action is a result of the fact that Russian people have a public mask that is different from their private selves." With comments like that, it is with little wonder St. Petersburg made it to the third slot on the top ten list!
2. Atlantic City, United States
T+L wrote, "Some readers wondered if the city, known these days for its less-than-lustrous casinos and boardwalk, was still reeling from the tragic blow struck by 2012's Hurricane Sandy."
Sorry Atlantic City, you were only beaten out by the number one unfriendly city in the world.
1. Moscow, Russia
The number one unfriendly city in the world is Moscow, Russia and writer Natalia Antonova, a writer for The Guardian, says it doesn't surprise her.
"It didn't surprise me to hear that Moscow, where I live part time, has been voted the world's most unfriendly city by readers," she wrote.
She further explains by saying Moscow "has a huge security-guard culture, which means that almost everywhere you go, including many restaurants and shops, you're likely to meet at least one hulking police academy reject who will stare at you as though you're a dangerous criminal and he's fully prepared to tear you limb from limb right there in the condiments aisle."
If hulking figures with fire in their eyes doesn't register as unfriendly to you, Antonova says the city is full of public, dramatic arguments. "The most recent [argument] I witnessed involved a shouting match over whether Sergei Yesenin was a great poet or a buffoon," she wrote.
Though her article's point is that Moscow really isn't as bad as it seems, the city nonetheless made it to the top of T+L and Condé Nast's lists of the world's least friendly city.
What do you think about this list? What city have you been to that was unfriendly? We want to hear your stories in the comments below!
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