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Old 09-29-2013, 09:06 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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Surprised no one has mentioned Cleveland. Are perceptions of our town actually changing? We have seen a good amount of gentrification in recent years, and our economy is turning around, but there are still large pockets of ghetto in the city. That said, it's getting better.
In my opinion, no. Cleveland should easily be mentioned on this list.
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Old 09-29-2013, 09:18 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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I can't speak for the others, but Houston and Atlanta would NOT fall into that description. To think so is based on exaggerations or outdated perceptions.
Exactly! The C-D ignorance about both these cities is astounding ...
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Old 09-30-2013, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Boston Metrowest (via the Philly area)
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In terms of city proper probably Philadelphia. It has pockets of nice areas but overall it's pretty dirty and ghetto like.
To be sure, there are certainly "ghetto" areas in Philly (highly concentrated in the North and Far West parts of the city), but I think it's quite an exaggeration to say overall the city is like this -- particularly with revitalization occurring in many areas of the city.

As to the topic of this thread, I think overall it's important to make a distinction between "ghetto" and "gritty." Some parts of cities may look weathered and have a bit of grime, but "ghetto" is a whole other level -- it's basically third-world like conditions. It's not a term that should be thrown around as lightly as it is.
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Old 09-30-2013, 07:36 AM
 
Location: 60630
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Exactly! The C-D ignorance about both these cities is astounding ...

The OP asked a question what we think to be the most ghetto cities. Just because someone mention a city you don't agree about does not mean it's not true in their eyes. Someone just said Chicago. I don't agree but thats his opinion. Im not calling him ignorant because of it. I think Memphis is pretty ghetto.
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Old 09-30-2013, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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To be sure, there are certainly "ghetto" areas in Philly (highly concentrated in the North and Far West parts of the city), but I think it's quite an exaggeration to say overall the city is like this -- particularly with revitalization occurring in many areas of the city.

As to the topic of this thread, I think overall it's important to make a distinction between "ghetto" and "gritty." Some parts of cities may look weathered and have a bit of grime, but "ghetto" is a whole other level -- it's basically third-world like conditions. It's not a term that should be thrown around as lightly as it is.
Agreed, but just FYI that poster despises Philadelphia yet chose the zip code of Kensington (of all places) as his monicker.
That poster is most certainly on a mission-It would probably be best to ignore.
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Old 09-30-2013, 08:11 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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Pretty much anywhere you have low income people over-represented in a city, those areas will turn ghettoish.

Those people don't really belong in America's great cities - at least not in such high numbers.
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Old 09-30-2013, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Cleveland
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Pretty much anywhere you have low income people over-represented in a city, those areas will turn ghettoish.

Those people don't really belong in America's great cities - at least not in such high numbers.
Those people? Well, shouldn't it be up to the cities to empower those people so they don't have to live in poverty rather than taking the stance that they don't belong in those cities so let's kick them out?
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Old 09-30-2013, 09:55 AM
 
Location: sumter
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DETROIT hands down winner here
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Old 09-30-2013, 02:51 PM
 
Location: East Bay Area
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Cities that have the highest percentage of ghettos or are generally dirty and unliveable...cities where an educated professional would be uncomfortable living.
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I'd throw Oakland and Miami into the mix as well
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Oakland, Richmond CA, San Bernardino, Compton all come to mind.
Percentage of Households making $200,000

Oakland 6.9% - 6th highest in the nation, out of the 50 largest cities
Los Angeles 6.3% - 9th highest
United States 4.5%
Miami 3.2%
Detroit 0.7%

Percentage of Bachelor's degrees or Higher

Oakland: 37.9%
Los Angeles: 30.5%
United States: 28.2%
Miami: 22.4%
Detroit: 12.2%

Oakland - a city that stretches from the coast to the redwood forest - , despite its violent crime reputation which is localized to certain parts of the city, is both educated and desirable.

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I can't speak for the others, but Houston and Atlanta would NOT fall into that description. To think so is based on exaggerations or outdated perceptions.
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The main problem is the contradiction in the OP. Perhaps someone can make a list of "cities with the highest percentage of ghettos" with some semblance of objectivity. But "cities where an educated professional would be uncomfortable living".. that blanket generalization does not apply to any major city in the US... that's right, not even Detroit or Baltimore -- "educated professionals" might be uncomfortable in some neighborhoods but all cities have at least a few neighborhoods that are perfectly fine.
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Exactly! The C-D ignorance about both these cities is astounding ...
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Old 09-30-2013, 04:58 PM
 
Location: Hollywood, CA
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Stockton, CA, Baltimore, Detroit, East St Louis come to mind.
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