AIB: the best medium-sized Great Plains city discussion that mentions Kileen, TX, Beaumont/Port Arthur, TX and Clovis, NM as armpits of the Earth.
I would create a poll for this, but I could probably name 20 cities in Texas worth nominating.
So which city is the armpit of the Earth? Let's keep it between 100,000 and 250,000 and try to give reasons why it sucks so bad. Also, let's do places that you have lived or visited, rather than convicting on reputation.
My nomination: Midland/Odessa, TX
Well, it's in the middle of the West Texas desert for one. Severe duststorms. Of all West Texas cities, probably suffered more from the oil bust than any other. The Savings & Loan scandals also caused a lot of difficulties. Downtown is MAYBE 50% occupied, despite it's impressive skyline. Only place for pedestrians is on the hood of a speeding car; town is all about wide roads with chicken lanes and has horrible access management. Few cultural opportunities (art museums, theater, etc.). Most fences are made of unfinished concrete block due to duststorms. Two hours from nearest "quality" university (Texas Tech in Lubbock). Everyone seems to have an oil pumper in their backyard. You are greeted by salvage yards and questionable housing (reminds me of Mexico) on the way in to town. Very little investment going on there--town seems a little economically distressed.