The city across the bay, however, Oakland - well, not so much.
We took the mass transit train to the home of the Oakland A's - they were playing Baltimore that day. What an ocean of concrete, filth and destitution. I didn't see one thing on the way to the game that I wanted to slow down and get a better look at.
Then when we got to the game we were greeted by this hamster cage.
It sort of reminds me of the hamster cage when you get off the train to go to Comiskey...er...the Cell.
After you go down that path, you are greeted by Al Davis's monument to himself, the Commitment to Excellence that is the Oakland Anaheim County Stadium. It is just as bad on the inside.
This reminded me of what a craphole Baltimore appeared to me. They have a tiny nice downtown area for tourists, but that was about it. The rest was broken down, with lost souls wandering all over. Carl and I have a running joke that Baltimore residents must all have skull tattoos.
I think the worst city I have ever visited though was Philadelphia. Even their tourist areas were dirty and crappy with tons of homeless people hassling the visitors. This post I did a long time ago summed it up for me.
I remember a plant tour I took in Philly. The bus picked us up from the hotel and took us to the plant and there was nothing to see but broken down buildings, and barbed wire. It was amazingly depressing.
Do these towns have "good parts"? I would bet that they do, but maybe I am wrong.