"The Wire" introduced an audience to New Amsterdam, the docks, and the inner workings of council and police stations and the results weren't all that pleasant. The novelistic approach taken by former Baltimore Sun reporter David Simon gave the HBO cult series authenticity that can cloud the beauty of the urban destination. The national harbor fails to beautify the big city in Maryland that skates in at number 3 for large cities with the highest crime ranking, according to research company CQ Press. With a graduation rate of 41 percent, the city's education system ranks 46th in a recent study produced by America's Promise using 2005 data. On Thursday, the area continued to earn its violent reputation as "Bodymore, Murdaland," after a gunman shot a physician at John Hopkins Hospital, then killed his mother and himself.
Cleveland, Ohio America's perception of this Midwestern city has been placed in the hands of Drew Carey, Lebron James and Betty White. When the city was looking for ways to save Cleveland, naturally they turned to Carey, a comedian who shot to fame on his self-titled show that sang "Cleveland rocks," according to Cleveland.com. Unfortunately, his plan did not include ways to keep NBA player Lebron James who fled the town and the Cavaliers in a public mea culpa that left former fans hurt and on the street burning jerseys. Left in his wake are the elderly ladies of "Hot in Cleveland," the controversial cartoon "The Clevelands," a graduation rate of 34 percent, and an unemployment rate of over 11 percent.
Fargo, North Dakota The city of Fargo became the butt of many jokes after the Coen brothers film borrowed the town's name. Snow and distinct funny accents became the city's attributes more than 100 years after the town became known as a top destination for divorce seekers. But the town gets the last laugh for minimizing economic fallout during the recession. The city has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country --closing out 2009 with an annual unemployment rate of just 4.2 percent. When it comes to foreclosures, at a time when many cities are hit with staggering numbers, the city, with a population of around 90,000, saw just 21 fillings, according to Realtytrac.