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Pasadena Polite But Charleston, S.C., Is Home of Best Manners

September 08, 1987|Associated Press

KEWANEE, Ill. — The gentleness of the residents of Charleston, S.C., makes that city the best-mannered in the United States, says an etiquette expert who includes Pasadena on her Top 10 list.

Marjabelle Young Stewart announced her third annual list of the 10 best-mannered cities, based on her own cross-country travels and a poll of about 100 service-industry workers such as taxi drivers and restaurant owners.

"Charleston was the runaway winner in the poll," she said. "It's a city of great tradition and charm. There is a real gentleness in the community and they really make tourists feel welcome."

Other cities rounding out the top 10 are Seattle, Oklahoma City, Detroit, Minneapolis, Washington, Philadelphia, New York City, Kansas City, Mo., and Pasadena.

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