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What is the Worst Town in California?

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by Manton, Jun 17, 2011.

  1. NorCal

    NorCal Senior member

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    Slab City.

    Slab City sounds pretty cool.
     
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    Like baron wrote, the desert's ears are ringing. You described towns along the 99 in the Central Valley (ie, Modesto) but the CV is far worse because of the utter isolation. There isn't a Claremont, or even an Ontario, for hours in any direction. A high school friend told me about the worst week of his life. He said he was going to Vegas with a family friend that owned a big rig when it broke down in Baker. In the middle of the summer. It took five days to get the part and get on the road...
    Yeah, I'm really thinking that corridor bordered by 5 and 99 from about Stockton to Bakersfield and then E. to Barstow. I can't say I've been each and every where along there and if I have it's all a blur but man. . . that's just another world.
     
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    Don't know about OP's question but to an outsider this seems to make sense: 'You need California to make the rest of the US seem real, you need Hollywood to make California seem real, and you need Disneyland to make Hollywood seem real' - or some such.
     
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    Man california gets ripped on a lot... I'm moving part time to LA... now I'm scared.

    I was once in Chatsworth... that was pretty bad.
     
  6. foodguy

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    Yeah, I'm really thinking that corridor bordered by 5 and 99 from about Stockton to Bakersfield and then E. to Barstow. I can't say I've been each and every where along there and if I have it's all a blur but man. . . that's just another world.

    i've spent quite a lot of time up there and it is another world ... but not all bad by any means. the stockton delta area is really quite beautiful. i have a very soft spot in my heart (and possibly my head) for the small farm towns around Fresno, Visalia, et al. Even Bakersfield isn't all bad. but none of them are anything like the stereotypical views of California.
     
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    Pixley, Earlimart, Tulare... Speaking my country.
     
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    Pixley, Earlimart, Tulare... Speaking my country.

    What the heck, let's add Porterville then.
     
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    What the heck, let's add Porterville then.
    It's not that bad. At least they have a lake, unlike Exeter.
     
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    Mojave is pretty depressing, as are Victorville and Adelanto. For aptly named hellholes, how about Boron (world's largest open-pit borax mine) and of course Needles (lots of drugs, plus it was used as the prototype for the computer game Wasteland, yay!).
     
  11. Manton

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    you're an idiot
     
  12. Manton

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    Man california gets ripped on a lot... I'm moving part time to LA... now I'm scared.

    I was once in Chatsworth... that was pretty bad.


    dude, chatsworth is monaco compared to the places we are discussing.

    Also, porn capital of the world.
     
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    Mojave is pretty depressing, as are Victorville and Adelanto. For aptly named hellholes, how about Boron (world's largest open-pit borax mine) and of course Needles (lots of drugs, plus it was used as the prototype for the computer game Wasteland, yay!).
    Every time I go up to Mammoth I can't help but think of all the places along and off the 395. I have nothing bad to say about Bishop, though.
     
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    Every time I go up to Mammoth I can't help but think of all the places along and off the 395. I have nothing bad to say about Bishop, though.

    Once you get into Inyo County, all those places further up 395 are cool in a way...Lone Pine, Big Pine, and of course Bishop.[​IMG]
     
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    395 is spectacular, how can it be anywhere near this thread?
     
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    395 is spectacular, how can it be anywhere near this thread?
    I'll wait for your moving party evite and look for your new Ridgecrest or Inyokem address.
     
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    [iammatt]Carmel[/iammatt]

    [kwilk]Santa Rosa[/kwilk]


    This. Anyone who participates in this thread needs to spend two weeks in Santa Rosa and come back to this thread.
     
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    dude, chatsworth is monaco compared to the places we are discussing. Also, porn capital of the world.
    Wow, holy shit, really???? Are we discussing like Detroit levels of awful here?
     
  19. Manton

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    Wow, holy shit, really????

    Are we discussing like Detroit levels of awful here?


    Well, very different kinds of awful. There is nothing quite like Detroit in California that I know of. That combination of blight, depopulation, physical decay, and dense urbanity does not exist. You can find perhaps any two but not all four.
     
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    What I do get a sense of, from this San Bernardino and others like it, is that moreso than other parts of the US, one can get a sense that you're almost in a different country, and not a nice one at that.

    Do you miss California still? Do you regret moving?
     

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