squalid

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The enthusiasm of adults and children, Hispanic and Appalachian migrants, joining together to play jump rope, volleyball, or gathering together on the cracked street to see a new baby in a buggy contrasts with the squalidness of their neighborhood.
Yet in a moment of unsurpassed squalidness he shattered so many illusions about whether this fantastic game is worth playing.
Seven years on, the squalidness of our current politics calls this bright portrait into question.