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Old Posted Nov 3, 2017, 6:17 PM
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Your city's ugliest suburb

Since we've had a McMansion suburb thread, I thought it would be a good idea to showcase your city's ugliest suburb.

Try inserting pics or streetview because most people don't know what your city's suburbs look like...

Easy one for Montreal: Laval is absolutely horrendous from A to Z.

https://www.google.ca/maps/@45.60409...7i13312!8i6656

https://www.google.ca/maps/@45.56632...thumbfov%3D100
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Old Posted Nov 3, 2017, 6:46 PM
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schaumburg is the worst suburb in chicagoland.

schaumburg is the worst suburb in illinois.

schaumburg is the worst suburb in the midwest.

schaumburg is the worst suburb in the US.

schaumburg is the worst suburb in north america.

schaumburg is the worst suburb in the western hemisphere.

schaumburg is the worst suburb in the whole freaking world.



the name schaumburg actually comes from the ancient algonquin word "shwamburkaskia" which means "land of the endless parking lots":

https://www.google.com/maps/@42.0485...7i13312!8i6656

https://www.google.com/maps/@42.0285...7i13312!8i6656

https://www.google.com/maps/@42.0544...7i13312!8i6656

https://www.google.com/maps/@42.0505...7i13312!8i6656



context:

https://www.google.com/maps/@42.0265.../data=!3m1!1e3
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Old Posted Nov 3, 2017, 6:56 PM
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probably earth city, mo or sauget, il...

one is a post modern business park hell-hold, downwind from a burning, radioactive landfill in a floodplain...


http://earthcitybusinesspark.com

one is a contaminated, chemical-strewn industrial nightmare where bodies are dumped "run" by a single "family" of old new orleans extraction by the same name if you catch my drift... once it was named monsanto...yes, THAT monsanto...


http://www.builtstlouis.net
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Old Posted Nov 3, 2017, 6:59 PM
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Daly City


http://sfcitizen.com/blog/2014/09/08...f-ticky-tacky/

This is the place that actually inspired the song:

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Old Posted Nov 3, 2017, 7:22 PM
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Pearland, TX...the most soul sucking of soul sucking suburbs in the Houston area. Makes Schaumburg seem urban...
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Old Posted Nov 3, 2017, 7:39 PM
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Hialeah. Maybe Fontainebleau. Just endless 2 or 3 story 1950-1970s run down apartments. Dense but awful.
Like this:
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Fo...!4d-80.3537805
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Probably Brampton.
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Old Posted Nov 3, 2017, 7:52 PM
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schaumburg is the worst suburb in chicagoland.

schaumburg is the worst suburb in illinois.
haha, see sauget, illinois above...
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Old Posted Nov 3, 2017, 7:57 PM
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haha, see sauget, illinois above...
Most people from Chicago are totally unaware that there are suburbs of St. Louis in Illinois. Steely is not one of those people, but if you asked the vast majority of Illinois residents what the worst in state suburb was, you'd hear A LOT of people scream Schaumburg, lol.
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Daly City


http://sfcitizen.com/blog/2014/09/08...f-ticky-tacky/

This is the place that actually inspired the song:

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Don't disrespect my hometown like that! Daly City is probably one of America's most beautiful suburbs. Hills and Doelgers and hills and Doelgers and hills and hills.



It's also one of most densely populated places in the US.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...C000_Residents
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Old Posted Nov 3, 2017, 8:21 PM
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I thought Laval was comparable to Mississauga, but I guess it's more like Vaughan, which is my choice for ugliest of Toronto. Even as a whole, Vaughan lacks coherent design or planning. Just built with no thought or vision at all.

https://www.google.com/maps/@43.8349...7i13312!8i6656
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Pearland, TX...the most soul sucking of soul sucking suburbs in the Houston area. Makes Schaumburg seem urban...
My God. Please someone take me out back and put me down if I ever end up here.

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Old Posted Nov 3, 2017, 8:32 PM
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My God. Please someone take me out back and put me down if I ever end up here.

Is it really that bad? I've never been, but after poking around on streetview it doesn't look like any different than most other suburbs in Texas. Why is this one the worst?
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Some are worse than others, this one is one of the worst. No trees, the houses are out of a cataloge and zilch culture. Just churches, strip malls and surface lots. If you're lucky, you're within 5 minutes of a Starbucks, Applebee's or a Panera.

I live in suburbia but the forest was left intact when they built the area 40 years ago and that makes a huge difference. It's actually a nice looking area.
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Something about the grey just makes it look like a place where you were assigned a number by the government to live out the rest of your days.

This is probably more offensive from an urban planning and wastefulness perspective.



It's like they tried to recreate a South Florida development but with muddy brown water and no recreational boating.
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Some are worse than others, this one is one of the worst. No trees, the houses are out of a cataloge and zilch culture. Just churches, strip malls and surface lots. If you're lucky, you're within 5 minutes of a Starbucks, Applebee's or a Panera.

I live in suburbia but the forest was left intact when they built the area 40 years ago and that makes a huge difference. It's actually a nice looking area.
Makes sense. Love me some trees.
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in new york: south brunswick, nj and generally the area between princeton and new brunswick along route 1.
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Pearland, TX: more grid-like street layout, and sidewalks on every street.
Kingwood, TX: cul-de-sacs, and no sidewalks.

I prefer the first one.

Lack of tree cover in new subdivisions is not a big deal. Trees grow over time, and eventually there is no difference, unless it's a suburb of Phoenix or something.
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Pearland, TX: more grid-like street layout, and sidewalks on every street.
Kingwood, TX: cul-de-sacs, and no sidewalks.

I prefer the first one.

Lack of tree cover in new subdivisions is not a big deal. Trees grow over time, and eventually there is no difference, unless it's a suburb of Phoenix or something.
Pearland will never have the tree cover like Kingwood because it's in a different geographic area; coastal plain where as Kingwood is in piney forested area along the northern fringes of Houston. Agreed about the sidewalks though; that was due to the area not being incorporated when it was built. They are mandated now in all new builds. As for cul-de-sacs, Pearland has a lot of them.
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Pearland, TX...the most soul sucking of soul sucking suburbs in the Houston area. Makes Schaumburg seem urban...
I actually like Pearland and it's one of Houston's better suburbs. It doesn't even pretend to be a major regional city like The Woodlands. The worst suburbs are the ones that completely lack any soul and just sprang up in the last 20 years. There's no shortage of them, Sienna Plantation, unincorporated Katy, Missouri City (technically it's been around for a while).
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