Birmingham was just ranked in the Top Ten downtowns. Ranking are like numbers you can find one to back your beliefs.
I personally am not a big B'ham fan other than it is close to me. http://www.al.com/entertainment/index.s ... tycom.html
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Gemothefields, got to give you credit on this. However, this was not to back my personal beliefs.
My citing was one of those US News rankings that came out. It's the publication that has done these controversial college rankings for so long. Publications will have varying levels of influence. Some of it, as you suggested, is not particularly objective or factual in reality.
They have the following for the 11 most dangerous cities: (1) St. Louis, (2) Atlanta, (3) Birmingham (tie), (3) Orlando (tie), (5) Detroit, (6) Memphis, (7) Miami, (8) Baltimore, (9) Kansas City, (10) Minneapolis (tie), (10) Cleveland (tie). Well, all this in SEC and BIG country
I've had frequent travel experience to Birmingham, but nothing in recent years. Personally, good experiences there.
Who I would personally rank as #1? CHICAGO. I witnessed a horrible incident there a few decades back.
I've been all about Atlanta, DC, Orlando, Jacksonville, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Philly, Baltimore, NYC, and never experienced a problem.
Certainly, individual experiences shape one's opinion. But really any major city, and many of those much smaller, contain risks.http://www.usnews.com/news/slideshows/t ... s-cities/3