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Old 04-22-2009, 11:39 PM
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Location: NC/SC Border Patrol
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I got lost in the mountains just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. We were just about out of gas and I passed by where a group of young men were standing around a barrel that had fire in it. As much as I needed help, I did not feel comfortable stopping. I drove on and came to a KOA campground and stopped and received directions. They told us (My 80 year old mother and me) how to get to the nearest service station and when we got to the hotel they told us about, we found that they were expecting us, already had the room ready with a senior discount, because the people at the campground wanted to make sure we got there safely. Ghetto? I don't think so, but very isolated. I am pretty sure the hotel had instructions to call and let them know we made it.
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Old 04-23-2009, 06:58 PM
 
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cairo, illinois
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Old 04-23-2009, 06:59 PM
 
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and most of mississippi
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Old 04-25-2009, 02:25 AM
 
Location: Tunica, Mississippi
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Visit the Mississippi Delta, I promise some parts are very hardcore and ghetto.
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Old 04-25-2009, 09:37 PM
 
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I been through South Dakota once and the Indian Reservations had to be worse than anything I've ever seen. Even compared to our highly popular East St. Louis we have here
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Old 04-25-2009, 10:00 PM
 
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Here's my father's hometown, Tchula, Mississippi. It is a Delta town in Holmes County:
YouTube - Economic meltdown in Mississippi - 10 July 08
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Old 04-28-2009, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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Cairo, IL essentially committed suicide in the mid-late 60s during the Civil Rights movement. The white shopkeepers and other business owners treated the large black population poorly, the black organized a boycott of those local merchants that drove a lot of them out of business, the shipping and barge companies that had been based out of there didn't want to keep getting caught between the two groups, and moved up the Ohio River to nearby Paducah, Kentucky, and everything's continued to disintegrate even more since then.

We used to drive through there to get to St. Louis when we lived in Tennessee, and it's a freaky/eerie kind of town, especially at night. No big fear of violence because that would imply that there were actually people living there instead of just row after row of mostly abandoned homes and buildings.

Lake County, Michigan was also a victim of the Civil Rights era. Because blacks were barred from many other beach and resort areas, they developed that area as a huge black resort area of their own starting in the 1910s. They used to get all the good black Detroit and national/international artists of the 1950s and 1960s like Aretha Franklin to play the clubs up there during the summer. The area faded when black families suddenly were legally welcomed at all the same places that white families were.

There's been something of a movement driven black professionals and artists in recent years to start to fix the area up because so many people's parents and grandparents still have fond memories of the lakes, cottages and resorts in their prime. Be nice if it succeeded because those kinds of black communities developed something unique in response to the racism common at the time and I'd hate to see the good things that happened there be totally lost.

As for rural poverty in general, I've done a good amount of driving back roads in my life, and almost always feel safe (Perry Florida gives me the heebie jeebies) It's more common than not for the people I talk to in those areas to be kind and polite to those people passing through their town, and no one really wants to drag an outsider into their day to day real problems outside something like grumbling about a lack of rain for a farm crop.
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Old 04-28-2009, 11:00 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Cairo, IL essentially committed suicide in the mid-late 60s during the Civil Rights movement. The white shopkeepers and other business owners treated the large black population poorly, the black organized a boycott of those local merchants that drove a lot of them out of business, the shipping and barge companies that had been based out of there didn't want to keep getting caught between the two groups, and moved up the Ohio River to nearby Paducah, Kentucky, and everything's continued to disintegrate even more since then.

We used to drive through there to get to St. Louis when we lived in Tennessee, and it's a freaky/eerie kind of town, especially at night. No big fear of violence because that would imply that there were actually people living there instead of just row after row of mostly abandoned homes and buildings.
Very interesting. Thanks for the response. That is definitely an eerie, eerie place.
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Old 04-28-2009, 04:11 PM
 
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Not really. I've been in very poor areas, but have never been afraid and the people I met have been friendly.

It does remind me of a sign someone sent me a picture of that said "If you can read this you are in range". I think it was in Texas, but not exactly a ghetto.
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Old 04-29-2009, 11:03 PM
 
Location: 602/520
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Here's my father's hometown, Tchula, Mississippi. It is a Delta town in Holmes County:
YouTube - Economic meltdown in Mississippi - 10 July 08
Poor and black doesn't equal ghetto.
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