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Old 08-01-2007, 07:55 AM
Location: VA
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I would like to visit during the day the worst neighborhood in America. I am talking about crime invested, dirty, ugly, run down and miserable place America has to offer. Where is it?

(This is a sincere question)

Old 08-01-2007, 08:03 AM
Location: NJ
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Camden, NJ?
Old 08-01-2007, 09:08 AM
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East St Louis Illinois

From nearly 100,000 people at one time, its down to about 30,000. There are no grocery stores, drug stores, movie theatres, etc in that place because it is that discrepit.

Much of the city looks like this...


Or this...

http://pics3.city-data.com/cpicc/cfiles10896.jpg (broken link)

For good measure, the crime rate in 2005 was nearly 8 times the national average. For comparison's sake, Camden's is only 3 times the national average. Another notoriously bad place, Gary Indiana, has a crime rate that is just twice the national average.

It will be very tough to top East St Louis. Do not go there at night. Go there in the morning when the thugs are still in bed.
Old 08-01-2007, 09:19 AM
Location: 3219'03.7"N 10643'55.9"W
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Originally Posted by tahiti View Post
Camden, NJ?
Oh yes, Camden NJ, by a mile:

Old 08-01-2007, 09:23 AM
Location: The great state of New Hampshire
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If you mean the ghetto, why not go at night to really prove you have cajones? Just kidding, but I would consider the Langley Park District that falls on the line of Prince George's county and the east side of DC. Baltimore has some really scary areas because of all the abondoned warehouses, but it isn't so intimidating at daylight- at nightfall, you would run every red light, trust me. These are the top two of many, with several locales in Jersey not far behind. If we are talking "trailer park central", I can provide you hundreds of suggestions off the top of my head with trashy looking people and trashy mannerisms. They are a dime-a-dozen in this country.
Old 08-01-2007, 09:32 AM
Location: Phoenix metro
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My votes are for East St. Louis (never been there, but have heard the stories), parts of Chicago's west side and south side, Compton, CA. Parts of Phoenix are also downright scary. Same goes for St. Louis.

Oh, cant forget about Detroit and parts of Vegas and Atlanta and Houston. UGH.
Old 08-01-2007, 09:40 AM
Location: Colorado Springs,CO
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All of Gary,East St. Louis,and Camden are bad.East side Cleveland.West and parts of southside Chicago.North Omaha.North Minneapolis.Of course south central Los Angeles.Lots of Philly is bad.North side Pittsburgh.There is tons more you make the pick.
Old 08-01-2007, 09:41 AM
Location: Colorado Springs,CO
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East side Detroit and North St. Louis city.
Old 08-01-2007, 09:46 AM
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Camden is bad, but East St Louis has more than twice the crime rate of Camden.

Here is a photo tour of East St Louis

Built St. Louis: East St. Louis
Old 08-01-2007, 10:08 AM
Location: Colorado Springs,CO
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Alot of East St. Louis just looked like a ghost town.
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