(WMC-TV) – Memphis is ranked the ninth dirtiest city in America according to Travel and Leisure Magazine.
Sounds bad, right? That is an improvement from last year, but locals and tourists still do not buy the dirty ranking.
Readers ranked the cities they would most like to visit.
While no one can argue Memphis has a little grit, travelers say it does have a lot to rave about.
Tourist William Sears says the Bluff City has been good to him, so far.
"Clean, comfortable, people are friendly. I don't think it could be any better," said William Sears, who is in Memphis from North Carolina.
While some graffiti and curbside trash may have landed Memphis on the list of Dirtiest Cities in America, the street sweepers are still hard at work.
The survey was based on safety, tidiness and culture. On the upside, Memphis was ranked fourth dirtiest last year. Now, it is ninth and locals say it is time to stop talking trash about Memphis.
"We're moving up. We've got a good mayor here, we've got the FedEx Forum here. We've got Beale Street here," said James Harvey, who lives in Memphis.
And beyond the blues, BBQ and Beale Street, you might also find panhandlers.
Wayne Miller of Indiana, and his four-legged friend Bobby Knight took the encounter in stride.
"You get a lot of that when you go to a bigger city. So it doesn't bother me," said Wayne Miller.
The city says they are working hard to get the city off the list altogether.
A Trashion Show at the Broad Avenue Art District October 7 to benefit Memphis City Beautiful.