DFW Ranks 13 on ‘Dirtiest Cities’ List

New Orleans ranks No. 1, NY falls to 5

By Bruce Felps
|  Wednesday, Jun 15, 2011  |  Updated 12:09 PM CDT
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DFW Ranks 13 on ‘Dirtiest Cities’ List

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DFW ranks 13th on national list of dirtiest cities. Houston was ranked lower.

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by Bruce Felps

New Orleans ranks as the dirtiest city in the United States. Just ask Travel + Leisure.

The magazine compiled a list of the 20 filthiest major cities in the country based on a readers survey.

New Orleans came out on top, or bottom, which can’t really come as any huge surprise to anyone who’s walked the Quarter, particularly the day after Mardi Gras. The beads alone would place the city in the top five.

Throw all the detritus washed downstream by the Mississippi River on top of all the man-strewn trash, and, yeah, you got one overflowing litter barrel.

Dallas-Fort Worth came in at No. 13 on the list of 20, and, OK, that seems about right, maybe.

But please, national publications, we are two cities. We’re not Twin Cities like they have in Minnesota. We’re not even related, save by geography and a 30-something-mile stretch of highway. Highway, mind you, not umbilical cord, and yes, I know that’s not the best physiological reference to make, but still.

The Dallas Mavericks just won the NBA title not the Dallas-Fort Worth Mavericks, and sorry to kinda throw you under the bus, Fort Worth, but the point needs to be made.


Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He’s thinking New Orleans might rank No. 1 on a different kind of “dirty” list, too. He loves that town.

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