For some reason, Travel & Leisure has it in for Baltimore.
In 2011, the magazine deemed Baltimore the sixth dirtiest city in the country. In 2012, we were named the fourth worst-dressed. And now, as if to add insult to injury, T&L has decreed that Baltimoreans are among America’s least attractive people.
The most attractive cities, according to the magazine, were Miami, San Diego, and Charleston, South Carolina. The ugliest were Detroit, Memphis, and Oklahoma City. On the ugliest cities list, Baltimore ranked fourth.
We can’t entirely blame T&L editors for the rude ranking. The list was determined through a poll of the magazine’s readers– who, incidentally, also named Baltimoreans among the nation’s “quirkiest” people.
To me, rankings like this don’t really tell us much about how good looking Baltimore residents actually are. Instead, it’s more of an index of places that T&L readers don’t know much about. If they actually came here, after all, they’d see how fabulously good looking we really are (most of us, at least).