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Nearly Half of the US’ Dirtiest Cities are in One State

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If you’re repulsed by things like waste, rodents, and unsafe air, you might want to check out a recently published list of the US’ dirtiest cities. And 40% of them are in one state.

Plus, the late Sheldon Adelson left a darn impressive fleet of private jets.

Those are some of today’s travel-related headlines I thought you, too, may find interesting.

US Dirtiest Cities

It’s not a great week for California.

First, the Golden State became the first state to eclipse three million coronavirus cases.

Now it’s home to eight of the dirtiest cities in the United States — according to a study conducted by Lawnstarter.

1. Palmdale, California
2. Los Angeles, California
3. Newark, New Jersey
4. Houston, Texas
5. San Antonio, Texas
6. New York, New York
7. New Orleans, Louisiana
8. Long Beach, California
9. Memphis, Tennessee
10. Chicago, Illinois
11. Aurora, Illinois
12. Glendale, California
13. Mesa, Arizona
14. Phoenix, Arizona
15. Fontana, California
16. Pasadena, California
17. Anaheim, California
18. Detroit, Michigan
19. Las Vegas, Nevada
20. San Jose, California

H/T: TimeOut

Las Vegas Sands Private Jet Fleet

Sheldon Adelson — who started the Las Vegas Sands Corporation that launched Venetian and Palazzo — was quite the #AvGeek. And he built a very impressive fleet to ferry his customers to and from the company’s opulent resorts.

The Sands aircraft fleet includes three Gulfstream IV SPs, six Gulfstream G550 jets, five Boeing BBJs — shorthand for Boeing Business Jets, a variant of the Boeing 737-700 — two more 737s, a Boeing 767ER, a Boeing 747SP and the Airbus (340). The 737s are for large parties of high rollers and their friends and families, the Gulfstream business jets are for smaller groups, and the 767 and 747 are for long hauls across the Pacific or Atlantic.

H/T: View From the Wing

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8 Comments

  1. Bandmeeting Reply

    Maybe there is some filthy part of Mesa, AZ that I’ve just somehow missed but I don’t think so. I think this, like a lot of lists, is a lot of baloney.

    Also, Tucson is way more dirty than Phoenix.

  2. Click bait and not accurate.

    Seven of the eight cities are in the same continuous metropolitan area, the LA-metroplex. The other big, dirty cities are divided in to only two “Cities”, NY, Chicago and Phoenix.

    • They’re individual cities. Los Angeles is not the same city as Fontana as Pasadena, etc.

      But what a wonderful opportunity for you to undertake your own study of metropolitan areas and what you consider a city! (Send it along when you’re ready, I’ll link to it in another post!) I’m sure the people of Las Vegas, Memphis, San Antonio, Houston, New Orleans, Detroit, and San Jose would be curious why you don’t think at least five those cities are, y’know, cities.

  3. It’s a lot of crap. Mesa Arizona? Really? I agree with New Orleans on this list. I love New Orleans but it is dirty. I don’t think San Antonio is all that dirty.

  4. I am sure Texas will rise on that list as everybody is moving from Calif. to Texas.

  5. stogieguy7 Reply

    So, San Antonio, Glendale and Pasadena are on this list but Gary, Indiana and Bridgeport, CT are not? Camden? Philadelphia? Flint, MI? Whoever compiled this list truly doesn’t know what they’re talking about.

  6. Will give u air quality. But with all this “dirtiness,” how does California score the second highest life expectancy in the US, second only to Hawaii?

    Sounds more an issue with how dirtiness was defined than with his dirty cities actually are.

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