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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Surprise, Surprise, San Francisco Is Among the Dirtiest Cities in America

Posted By on Thu, Sep 20, 2012 at 8:33 AM

click to enlarge Seagulls ... the real culprits
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Yesterday, we enlightened readers with the unsavory news that Californians (that includes you health-conscious San Franciscans) are getting fatter by the minute. Don't believe us? Look no further than the empty food container next to you.

Along with getting fat, we're also getting filthy.

According to Travel + Leisure magazine, San Francisco was ranked No. 11 on the list of America's dirtiest cities. We're squeezed right there between Houston, which came in at No. 10, and Washington, D.C. Here's the silver lining: We aren't as big of a cesspool as Los Angeles, which ranked No. 4 on the list.

See Also: 5 Reasons Californians Are Getting Fatter

We know what you're thinking -- blame our pigpen of a city on the homeless. Turns out, this time, it's not their fault. Apparently, all our grit and grime can be traced back to our love for food.

San Francisco is well-liked for its diverse cuisines and kick-ass fine dining. We also love our street food, and obviously we love to leave our food in the street, literally. You can read all about how trashy we are from the magazine itself, which compiled this list based on reader surveys:

All that takeout can pile up. A recent study found that one of the biggest culprits for pollution in the San Francisco Bay is food containers -- though ironically, they may be floating in from neighboring cities.

That's a good point. So go ahead, blame your mess on your cousins in Oakland.

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Erin Sherbert has been Online News Editor for SF Weekly since 2010. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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