Travel website ranks Houston as ugliest American city

Travel website ranks Houston as ugliest American city

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Travel website ranks Houston as ugliest American city

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on October 18, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 18 at 3:44 PM

HOUSTON – When it comes the ugliest cities in the world, the travel website ucityguides.com doesn’t think too much of the city of Houston.

Not only did Houston make the site’s list of the 10 ugliest cities in the world,  coming in at No. 7 overall, but it also was ranked as the ugliest in America.

Those are fightin' words in the Bayou City! Have you seen our skyline? Our parks? The Museum District? the Rice area? Discovery Green? The amazing architecture? Our fountains? Probably not.

With regards to Houston, the website states:

“There are many other ugly American cities (let’s face it—American metropolises aren’t exactly beauties: Atlanta, Cleveland...), but this one should win the title of ugliest of them all with a large impoverished and homeless population (close to one in five families live below the poverty line) and a cityscape with no formal zoning regulations.”

We're guessing whoever came up with this list has never been to Houston and they're probably jealous of all of our recent accolades.

Fellow U.S. cities Detroit and Los Angeles also made the list at No. 8 and No. 10 respectively. Guatemala City, Guatemala claimed the top spot on the list.

Their complete list:

1. Guatemala City, Guatemala

2. Mexico City

3. Amman, Jordan

4. Caracas, Venezuela

5. Luanda, Angola

6. Chisinau, Moldova

7. Houston

8. Detroit

9. Sao Paulo, Brazil

10. Los Angeles

The website claims to be unbiased, but they clearly do not think much of American cities with none making their list of the 10 most beautiful cities in the world.

Venice topped that list along with fellow Italian cities, Florence and Rome. Here is the complete list:

1. Venice

2. Paris

3. Prague

4. Lisbon

5. Rio de Janeiro

6. Amsterdam

7. Florence

8. Rome

9. Budapest

10. Bruges

As a country, the site ranked the United States as the seventh most beautiful in the world with Italy taking the top spot.

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