Survey names 2 NJ cities among nation’s ‘unfriendliest’
Two New Jersey cities have made the top three out of the 10 “Most Unfriendly Cities” according to a recent Condé Nast Traveler readers poll, with Newark coming in at number one.
The poll asked its readers to rate the “friendliness” of cities. Atlantic City, coming in at number three, was described as “a strange, split-personality town: an odd mix of grinding poverty and over-the-top conspicuous consumption. The promise of casino-funded urban renewal never really materialized." But for some, the "honky tonk" vibe, "smell of salty seawater and fried food," and "dancing to 70s and 80s hits at Boogie Nights in the Tropicana Casino" held a "tacky" appeal.
According to the survey, Newark was described as "dirty and seemingly trashy and unsafe in many areas, yet somehow also kind of expensive," noted one reader. Another reader found it a "great, cheap place to fly into, and stay in, for easy access to NYC. There are still plenty of rough spots, so do your research."
Those looking on the bright side said: "The New Jersey Performing Arts Center has a lot of great shows, and the Prudential Center is a wonderful venue for concerts and Devils games," and "the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart is majestic."
Here's a complete list of the survey's 10 Unfriendliest Cities:
10. Baltimore, Maryland
9. Los Angeles, California
8. Reno, Nevada
7. The Hamptons, New York
6. New Haven, Connecticut
5. Hartford, Connecticut
4. Detroit, Michigan
3. Atlantic CIty, New Jersey
2. Oakland, California
1. Newark, new Jersey