D.C. Ruled Ruder Than Baltimore

Thursday, Jan 20, 2011  |  Updated 7:25 AM EDT
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D.C. Ruled Ruder Than Baltimore

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D.C.'s been ruled one of the best cities in the country -- for belligerent behavior.

According to a survey of Travel and Leisure readers, the District ranks fifth among the country's most rude metropolises.  Although the survey did not cite specifics, Beltway traffic habits and crammed Metro trains no doubt helped Washington break into the top of the charts.

One person interviewed by Travel and Leisure described her experience on Metro:

Paula Ford, a marketing director in Tampa, recalls the time when she was an intern in Washington, D.C., and fainted while riding to work on the Metro. “When I came to, I was slumped over, hanging out of my seat,” she says. “Nobody said anything to me or offered to help.” The Atlanta native says she would have gotten better treatment back in Georgia. “I would have had a circle around me, offering me a Coke, a wet towel, or asking to call someone. I think what happened to me definitely reflected the vibe of D.C.”

OK, perhaps she's right.  She would have received better treatment in Georgia.  But at least when she fainted on the Metro she was aided by the comfort of padded seats and carpeting on the floor.  Try getting that anywhere else in the country!

No slouch in the attitude department, Baltimore made a strong showing, too. The city where Terrell Suggs and Ray Lewis reign took No. 7 in the rudeness survey. 

The nation's capital also garnered low marks for affordable hotels (34 out of 35) and relaxing retreats (34 out of 35).  It took top honors for historical sites and museums.

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