LA Named America's Rudest City

Like most people who visit LA, Travel+Leisure readers probably spent a lot of time in traffic

By Jonathan Lloyd
|  Thursday, Jan 20, 2011  |  Updated 2:35 PM PDT
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Hey, nobody said it's Charleston, S.C., but is LA really the nation's rudest city?

In Travel and Leisure's annual America’s Favorite Cities survey, Los Angeles gets a scolding from the magazine's readers, who were asked to rate 35 cities on 54 features.

LA is the rudest city in America, according to rankings posted Wednesday on the magazine's website. In a city that's enjoying 70-degree temperatures in January, why would we be so cold?

Travel & Leisure thinks it might have something to do with the traffic.

According to the magazine:

    Maybe too many AFC voters have been welcomed to L.A. by a one-fingered wave out a car window. No surprise, the traffic-laden city ranks last for being pedestrian-friendly, which probably cuts down on your chances to break the ice with locals. Looking good is your best revenge: the city’s brightest light for visitors is its luxury stores, which scored a red-carpet-ready No. 4.

So after you've spent too much time in traffic, go ahead and overpay in some luxury stores.

Although they've obviously conspired against Los Angeles, Travel+Leisure readers turned on each other on the website's comments board. Our city had a few defenders, including KellyRemarklusMahoney:

    Los Angeles shouldn't be even in the top 15. I love Los Angeles and have never run into anything, but the kindest people. Somethings amiss with this survey.

Thanks, KellyRemarklusMahoney, we appreciate the kind words.

But if what other readers say is true, it's time to take a good look in the mirror (possibly in a dressing room at one of our high-end stores). Or maybe, the magazine's readers have just been hanging out in the wrong places.

Other top-10 rude cities: New York, Philadelphia, Miami, Washington DC, Boston, Baltimore, Las Vegas, Orlando and Dallas-Fort Worth.

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