What is the worst city in the US? Where uglyness, crime, unemployment, and poverty make it a place you wouldn’t want to be. Plus other factors (tax base being on welfare, poor infrastructure, vacant industries), that make a comeback pretty unlikely.
Gary, Indiana has my vote. The downtown area is so empty that trees are growing out of the roofs and even renovation projects (hotel, convention center) stand empty. The residential areas may have only one house to a block because of the vacant lots. Besides being perhaps the ugliest place I’ve seen, statistically, it’s at the wrong end of crime, income, and unemployment numbers.
Some other candidates among the places I’ve seen:
East St Louis, Illinois
Camden, New Jersey
Highland Park, Michigan