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Top 5 Dumpiest Cities And Towns In Rhode Island

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As part of Turtleboy’s continuing zip trip bone ride dump tour de New England, we’re taking trips all over the area to rate the places we visit from nicest to dumpiest. Today we went to the smallest state in the country – good ol’ Rhode Island – to explore the magical villages of the Ocean State. Just a disclaimer for the inevitable whining we always get with these blogs – if you can’t look at a bunch of shitty looking landscape and chuckle, this might not be the blog for you. For instance, in Providence there is a picture of a bicycle wheel stuck in a tree. This is funny because normally bicycle wheels don’t end up in trees. So yea, if you’re one of the butthurts who always complain that Turtleboy is just shitting all over these towns, you’re right. But it’s OK because Turtleboy is from a shitty city. So the rest of us will have fun during the 10-15 minutes it takes to read these blogs, so feel free to go play in traffic while the rest of us actually enjoy life.


Here’s the Top 5 Biggest Dumps In Rhode Island


5. West Warwick

A lot of Rhode Islanders messaged us about this place. Honestly, we were hoping for dumpier. Sure there are your standard boarded up buildings:



Abandoned factories:


Shoes hanging from electric wires


Urban savannah couch drop offs


And West Warick yard sales





But Turtleboy was honestly hoping for dumpier. There’s too many nice parts of West Warwick for this to rank any higher.

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4. Pawtucket

A lot of Pawtucket looks like a great place to bring a prostitute, and the economy is booming:

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They have a weekly “free soiled mattress Thursday”


Their abandoned, overgrown lots are protected by barbed wire fences, in case any young hoodlums are in the market for some Pawtucket tumbleweeds


There’s a lot of new housing developments


And generally the first sign that you know you’re in a dumpy town is once you start seeing the satellite dishes


Satellite dishes are like a badge of honor in the hood. Seriously, drive through any shitty neighborhood in any city in America. The more satellite dishes, the shittier the weed.

Pawtucket is a pretty run down, post industrial cesspool of Ocean State tears, but the one thing they still have going for them are the PawSox. PawSox stuff is everywhere:


Oh wait, the PawSox are getting the hell out of Pawtucket, so this place should easily be #1 when we do this zip trip again in five years.

Lou Merloni loves this place because he’s lived here longer than anyone else. I have to admit, it is a great place to sit at home all day and watch traffic from your living room window:


If you’re looking for some Mad Dog 20/2o or cigarillos, then Gee’s Liquor is the best value in town.


They probably have the greatest slogan in the history of small businesses – “Get Yur DrinkX-ON Gee’S.” I know I don’t leave there without a bottle of Henny and a calling card:


Yes, apparently calling cards are still a thing.

Just watch out for those Pawtucket McDonald’s though – the soft serve machines have a tendency to blow up directly in your face.




3. Providence

Providence was built by the mob which means that the part outsiders see will be really nice, but the rest will be a gigantic wasteland of failed government programs. Downtown Providence is lovely, and unlike in downtown Worcester there are normal, taxpaying citizens walking around, as opposed to junkies taking their afternoon naps:



But once you start going south, that’s when the fun starts. Providence has a never ending supply of grown men who don’t have to work on a Wednesday afternoon


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vacant lots everywhere



Oddly colored liquor stores


Breathtaking landscape



A vibrant local art scene




Boarded up vacants


Boarded up vacants that still have satellite dishes



Check cashing joints


Free TV’s


Front porches propped up by makeshift cinder blocks


And bicycle wheels randomly hanging from trees


So if you’re in Providence you might as well pull up a chair and stay a while. You can bring your own, or you can use the one that every homeless guy in Providence has urinated on.



2. Woonsocket

Located right down the street from Blackstone, MA, this small city of 40,000 is as far away from the Ocean as you can get in Rhode Island. Yet for whatever reason in Woonsocket, it’s an unwritten rule that you have to have a shipwrecked boat in your yard:



Because why wouldn’t you have a shipwrecked boat in your yard in Woonsocket? Sometimes you can kill two birds with one stone by tossing discarded pickup truck parts on top of your shipwrecked yard boat.



Bonus points if you write weird shit all over it


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I know that when I die, I wanna be memorialized on an abandoned boat/truck next to this lovely river in Woonsocket:



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Local residents will tell you that this breathtaking waterway is also a great place to dump a body.

Oh, and good news for Woonsocket residents – every day is trash day. You literally just throw all your shit in the parking lot of your choice and no one cares.




Every post-industrial building in Woonsocket looks like somewhere Shredder would train The Foot before they got their asses kicked by four mutant turtles.




There’s also a never ending supply of railroad tracks that haven’t been used since Old Balls was in grammar school. And everyone knows railroad tracks are the best place for bums to take a dump.


When driving through Woonsocket it is not odd to see random women sitting on the sidewalk for absolutely no reason


Hot wieners


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Luxury housing


Abandoned buildings covered in satellite dishes


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Junkyards as far as the eye can see

And rotting boxsprings adjacent to abandoned buildings where Woonsocket’s finest make sweet, delicious love to one another.

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1. Central Falls

The worst thing you can do in Central Falls is get a job. It severely cuts into the chillin’ time. Because you will never see so many able bodied individuals chillin’ on any given day than you will in Central Falls.


You can freely smoke blunts in the street

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Take a nap on the boxspring of your choice

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Explore Central Falls overgrown fenced in lots

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Check out their matching vacant and boarded up buildings

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Grab a 40 of Old English


Use your EBT card pretty much everywhere





Tour the historic Central Falls mansions



Do the usual things you do in gigantic dumps, like count satellite dishes


Draw your doodles on other people’s property

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And of course head down to the mill and ask if they’re still hiring.

Spoiler alert – they’re not hiring.

This is Central Falls High School:


In 2010 Obama made an example of this school by forcing them to fire their entire faculty because test scores were too low, which made them a “failing school.” Because as you can see from the landscape in Central Falls, everything is fine in town, and if the kids there aren’t doing well on tests, it’s probably because the teachers aren’t doing whatever Michelle Pfeifer did in Dangerous Minds to reach those kids. Teachers unions responded in 2012 by not supporting Obama’s bid for reelection. LOL. Just kidding. He’s a democrat so they just kept throwing cash at him.

To the Turtleboys who rolled through the Ocean State today, it’s pretty clear that Central Falls was far and away the worst. But I still think the dumps in Massachusetts are dumpier than these. Every city we visited today had at least a few nice areas of town that made it inhabitable. Except for Central Falls. There is no God in Central Falls. My question is, if we were to pick the biggest dump in New England, who ya got – Central Falls or Lawrence?


And where should we zip trip to next?



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32 Comment(s)
  • Jennifer
    January 31, 2021 at 4:18 pm

    Central falls has made a ton of visual improvements, the residents are quiet it’s not all thats it’s dubbed to be . Yes there is poverty . Many residents come from other countries but they work hard to maintain what they have . All of those abandoned places pictured above are all remodeled as well .

  • Samuel
    December 17, 2020 at 2:47 pm

    I like how you said that either Central Falls or Lawrence is the biggest dump in New England. You forgot about Hartford, Bridgeport, New Britain, Waterbury and New Haven.

  • Ginger
    July 4, 2020 at 12:42 am

    Everyone in the comments section: “My little podunk is shittier than northern Rhode Island!” Get a life you fuckin’ losers.

  • John Shanowski
    February 8, 2016 at 7:36 am

    Some of the pictures in your Woonsocket were actually in a different town. Before you post pictures and make comments, check your facts.

  • Turtlefriend
    January 11, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Dracut, Billerica, Saugus, Randolph, Wareham, Middleboro, Carver, North Reading are all remarkably shitty for being so suburban in nature. 3A in Billerica is a white trash shrine. Randolph has one of the worst built suburban housing stocks on the east coast outside of Levittown.

  • Grump
    January 11, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Much better than your western ma article. You actually got out of the car and took more than one picture in each place! And you actually said more than two sentences per town! That’s the TB I fell in love with: The one who shits on the disadvantaged.

  • Agro
    January 11, 2016 at 2:19 am

    Wicked funny! Laughed my ass off at this. I grew up in a town right between woonsocket & central falls and all these observations are spot on (and hilarious). They used call central falls “sparkle city” (some still do). It got dubbed that by the cops there one new years because some gang went around smashing out all the car windows all over town and all the glass in the parking lots was making the place “sparkle”. Also it is only one square mile. Total. Hah! Keep up the funny shit!

  • alec
    January 9, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    Attleboro borders CF and Pawtucket and trust me we get the radiation from them and it is effecting our living space lol

  • Erica
    January 9, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Fall River and New Bedford are pretty bad.

  • Dm
    January 9, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    I remember looking at a piece of property for a friend of mine in Pawtucket but he later declined to get it – and for good reason. If you take the dumpiest parts of Main South, King St., and Canterbury St. area, then you have all of Pawtucket.

    I love visiting Downtown Providence, but you can get easily duped into thinking the rest of Rhode Island cities and towns are as pristine.

  • derek
    January 9, 2016 at 4:34 am

    Blackstone ma

    • derek
      January 9, 2016 at 4:39 am

      Ok so i lived in woonsocket nd i have to say it was bad nd always will be. Only good thing they did was make a new midle school. Im so glad i moved out of there. Ive been to all these area for work nd it was horrible to look at

      • Cynthia
        February 19, 2017 at 1:34 am

        Oh my gosh I lived there 25 years ago , I just came back from living in VT . Cheapest place I could find at the time and I also had. Three young children two that were in school one in second grade and one in kindergarten. It was horrible there they went to school that year and by the way there school systems sucks ass big time. OH did I tell you that I had the best neighbors. Third floor were drug dealers first floor the lady of the night. Lol I would definAtely recommend to anyone. Not I lasted there for 8 months got out as quick as I could I wasn’t going to be raising my children in that lovely town. I hope these pictures that you took do Upset the people that live there disgusting. Pick up a rake people pick up your trash. You live there too . I personally will never live there again.

  • Chris
    January 9, 2016 at 1:47 am

    You are a douche. You can go into any town and find what you are writing. I don’t live in any of these towns . There is is good every where if you look.

  • Jo
    January 8, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    Woonsocket must be where Gilligan,The Skipper too, The millionaire and his wife, The movie star ,The professor and Mary Ann all still live. I think I saw their boat in one of your pics!

  • ItsAllABadDream
    January 8, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Man…choosing the biggest shit hole in Rhode Island is like trying to choose the most racist Old Balls blog.

  • Reddog
    January 8, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Lynn Lynn,city of sin, you never come out the way you went in!

  • JR
    January 8, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Springfield and Chicopee, please!

  • Mike
    January 8, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    Northern CT makes everything you have done so far look like paradise. Union, Rockland, Tolland etc.
    Its like going to Alabama

  • Lisa
    January 8, 2016 at 10:43 am

    You should definitely check out Winchester New Hampshire, just north of Orange!

  • BobnMic
    January 8, 2016 at 9:00 am

    I like the picture of that bridge in the middle if the pictures because if I lived there I would jump off that.

    FYI: HBO is currently airing a documentary about a massive heroin epidemic down the Cape. Many of the video shots look like it was in the Falmouth area. What is going with the Cape? Is it becoming a shit hole down there? I never go down to Cape Cod because you have to drive around everywhere all of the time. Me and Mrs BobnMic like have a few drinks at dinner and be close enough to where we are staying so we can walk back.

  • PlzGoToMaine
    January 8, 2016 at 8:16 am

    It’s more of a roadtrip, but please find a blogger in Maine or roadtrip there. There’s plenty of material past Augusta!

  • Danny
    January 8, 2016 at 7:29 am

    I think u need to drive thru BROCKTON

  • Danny
    January 8, 2016 at 7:29 am

    I think u need to drive thru BROCKTON

  • Wormtown Refugee
    January 8, 2016 at 6:08 am

    Northeast Connecticut. Willimantic is the heroin capitol of southern New England, surrounded by shitholes.

  • Eric
    January 8, 2016 at 12:36 am

    Central falls sounds pretty hopeless. But you should go to western ma beyond exit 3 on the pike… Pittsfield is over there and i read that it was the drunkest city in the state. They were not my first guess.

  • Wabbitt
    January 8, 2016 at 12:31 am

    You have to hit South Woo County – Webster, Oxford, Dudley, Douglas, Northbridge, Uxbridge, Southbridge. Hell, throw in Thompson and Putnam, CT while you’re at it.

    Meanwhile, I’ll be playing “Count the Satellite Dishes” while I’m heading to work tomorrow.

    • Jules
      January 8, 2016 at 7:58 am

      Heck yeah! I live in the webster area and would love this!

  • Sterling Turtle Rider
    January 8, 2016 at 12:07 am

    My vote still goes out to Barre, and specifically South Barre… looks like a lot of these ‘worst of’ pics, dishes, people hanging out, garbage everywhere… y’know, gov’t assistance to the hilt kinda place.

  • ninja turtleboy
    January 8, 2016 at 12:03 am

    zip trip to brimfield next

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