Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Rudest Cities to Visit?
A Web site and mobile platform that analyzes travel, Foursquare, is getting copious publicity with its list of the twenty "rudest" cities in the English-speaking world.
According to Foursquare, the "rudest" citizens were those who used profanity and obscenities in on-site recommendations.
Manchester, England, as you can see, tops the list, which strikes me as very shakily compiled. Ok, the list strikes me as half-assed. Sorry, Foursquare, but you did get the publicity. Also here. (On the other hand, you also did get my attention, so there's that at least).
Anyway, I do agree that New York City does not belong on any such list. Despite stereotypes, New York is among the most courteous big cities in the word, in my opinion. Only rubes who don't know New York call it rude. (For some reason, Staten Island is on the list. Who the hell visits Staten Island?]
London, meanwhile, has always struck me as a somewhat rude city. It's not on this list.
On the other hand, Miami is on the list, and I have to ask, what's the story there? I thought the list was for English-speaking cities?