Mayor of "America's Brokest City" slams article

An article posted earlier in the week by a national publication that lists the top 30 "brokest cities" in the United States contained several Alabama cities for the dubious distinction, but it's a city just over the Alabama line that's calling foul.

Columbus, Georgia Mayor Teresa Tomlinson is demanding that an online news organization delete from its website a story declaring that her Georgia community is America's "brokest city."

The Daily Beast published the story Tuesday ranking several U.S. cities. It said it used unemployment rates, median household income, and average debt to compile its report.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports ( that the mayor sent a letter to Newsweek/Daily Beast LLC, saying the analysis was "recklessly designed to damage" the Georgia city and its residents.

CLICK HERE for a detailed report from Columbus TV station WTVM 9 on this developing story. They spoke with an economics professor for his take on the article, and he says it's all wrong.

An Associated Press request for comment left with the online publication Thursday was not immediately returned.

The report included several cities across the South in its rankings, including Mobile, Ala. (7); Augusta, Ga. (10); Macon, Ga. (14); Montgomery, Ala. (19); Birmingham, Ala. (23) and Savannah, Ga. (25).

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