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Los Angeles ranked one of the top 10 unfriendliest cities in America

The grumpy skyline of Downtown Los Angeles.
The grumpy skyline of Downtown Los Angeles.
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Do you love LA? If not, it turns out that you're not alone.

In Conde Nast Traveler's annual Readers' Choice Survey, Los Angeles was ranked the 6th unfriendliest city in the U.S. Reason given by the magazine? Apparently the city is too big and too dirty:

Los Angeles may have the image of being all glitz and glamour, but our readers have also seen the 'dirty and crowded' side of Lalaland. One reader says 'It’s lost its charm for us,' while another voiced a common complaint for just about any megalopolis: 'Too busy and too many cars. Don't like it.'

Also in the top 10 were Oakland, Anaheim and Sacramento, and that's according to more than 46,000 well-traveled folks. Participants were asked to rate cities based on culture, friendliness, atmosphere, restaurants, shopping and lodging.

"A lot of it is just that LA is a city that a lot if people are not going to experience as a walking city," said John Newton, senior editor for service and surveys at Traveler. "I think that creates a distance, which is to L.A.'s disadvantage. We've talked about different ways to slice up L.A. and I think if we asked people how they feel about Santa Monica or Pasadena, we would get different results. It's really a city of 30 cities in a way. "

What gives? Why is L.A. thought of as such an unfriendly place?