Survey Ranks the 8 Travel Cities Worse than Sochi
By Neal Broverman
The legacy of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi will not only be Russia's state-sanctioned homophobia, but the horrible conditions in the Black Sea city's hotels and facilities. Travel dating site MissTravel.com recently conducted a survey with readers asking them what cities would be even worse to visit than Sochi.
According to the 3,015 voters, the winner of Most Unpleasant City Rivaling Sochi is Dhaka, the packed capital of Bangladesh. The city of over 14 million suffers from crushing poverty and suffocating pollution. In second place is New Delhi, the crowded and often-dirty capital of India. Cities in Algeria, Papua New Guinea, and Mexico also made the list, as did Rio de Janeiro, the site of the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Sadly, America has two cities on the unpleasant list: Detroit and Youngstown, Ohio. Unless you're living under a rock, you know Detroit's money woes and shrinking population. Youngstown, another Rust Belt city, has also fallen on hard times as the industrial economy has mostly collapsed.
What do most of these cities have in common: they have never been considered great places for LGBT travelers. Coincidence?