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Ugliest Spot

1st Place: Former Burger King site
2nd Place: Overgrown parking lot between UnitedHealth and HOM
3rd Place: Walmart


As beautiful as the Chippewa Valley is, it isn’t perfect. The empty lot where Burger King used to stand on Eau Claire’s Madison Street is prime example. It’s hard for a lot comprised of dirt, gravel, and patches of dying grass to look decent, especially when there’s good-looking construction happening nearby. At No. 2 in our poll is yet another empty space: The parking lot between UnitedHealth and HOM (visible from Business Highway 53) is at least paved, but the years haven’t been kind. The once-smooth surface is now a haggard mess of deep wrinkles and grass-filled cracks. Taking third is Walmart. The Supercenter has several purposes, but looking pretty isn’t one of them. –Mike Seitz