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Old 01-29-2009, 07:54 PM
 
Location: St Louis County, MO
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This thread is for things that were damaging to your city's reputation. Things that do not belong here; people who you don't like (ie, "George W. Bush ruined Washington DC's image). This is a legitimate thread posing a real question.
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I'm from St. Louis. Can you guess?
You got it. "America's Most Dangerous City," 2006. Even the FBI said that the company that found this result (Morgan Quitno) used flawed statistics and should not be taken seriously. However, Morgan Quitno continues to put out this damaging report year after year. In 2007, Detroit won the coveted award and St. Louis dropped to number 2.

From NationMaster.com
"The U.S. Conference of Mayors has criticized the "Most Dangerous Cities" list, saying the annual city-by-city crime rankings are "distorted and damaging to cities' reputations.""

Of course, this designation gave St. Louis the image that there are no neighborhoods in St. Louis that you can walk after dark and survive, which is simply untrue. There are many, many neighborhoods in St. Louis that are as safe as any other safe urban neighborhood in any other city, but to outsiders, St. Louis will always be the city that "once got number 1 on America's most dangerous cities list."
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Old 01-29-2009, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Little Rock, AR
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A 1994 HBO documentary entitled Gang Wars: Bangin' in Little Rock. Knowing people who lived here when the documentary was filmed, much of what was filmed is just acting, though there are a few genuine scenes. In addition, most of the crime in Little Rock is local to the southeast or far southwest parts of town. Plus, it has improved substantially since 1994. However, that perception garnered by Bangin in Little Rock has stuck around as transplants who move to the LR area are still terrified to live in the city proper. Suburban growth has exploded throughout the past decade and a half but the city proper has had very little growth since 1994 and the growth its had has been the the far west portion of Little Rock which is as suburban as it can get.

The 1957 Central High thing is another blot on Little Rock's perception. I would think we would have moved on by now but appearantly we haven't.
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Old 01-29-2009, 08:13 PM
 
Location: St Louis County, MO
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A 1994 HBO documentary entitled Gang Wars: Bangin' in Little Rock. Knowing people who lived here when the documentary was filmed, much of what was filmed is just acting, though there are a few genuine scenes. In addition, most of the crime in Little Rock is local to the southeast or far southwest parts of town. Plus, it has improved substantially since 1994. However, that perception garnered by Bangin in Little Rock has stuck around as transplants who move to the LR area are still terrified to live in the city proper. Suburban growth has exploded throughout the past decade and a half but the city proper has had very little growth since 1994 and the growth its had has been the the far west portion of Little Rock which is as suburban as it can get.

The 1957 Central High thing is another blot on Little Rock's perception. I would think we would have moved on by now but appearantly we haven't.
I saw the doc years ago, and I thought most of it (mostly that portrayed by the white "gangs") was extremely phony, bordering hilarious. I loved how the whites used the n word to address each other, and when all of them including a couple of extremely stupid females were reciting a Snoop Dogg/Dr. Dre song. "Stompin' on the easiest streets that you can walk on." haha
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Old 01-29-2009, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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The Big Dig was a PR nightmare for Boston.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Dig..._Massachusetts)
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Old 01-29-2009, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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For a long time in Philly, it was the MOVE debacle.
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Old 01-29-2009, 08:34 PM
 
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Snow would seem to be an annual PR nightmare for Syracuse (and Buffalo and Rochester), but they're so nutty here that they actually have a contest between the 3 cities to see who gets the most snow, and they have a trophy that is given to the mayor.

Syracuse always wins, though, so it's not really much of a contest.
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Old 01-29-2009, 08:49 PM
 
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Chicago having the most murders of any city back 5-6 years ago. They knocked the numbers down by almost 30% within just 4 years, but they started creeping back up last year. Nowhere near where they were 5 years ago, but still higher than the past few.
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Old 01-29-2009, 09:06 PM
 
Location: Teaneck, NJ
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Newark, NJ
Topped #1 and #2 two years in a row as the most dangerous city in the US in the 90s. It did do a major turn around since then (now ranks high teens to 20s among the most dangerous cities) but still isn't good at all.

Also, back in the 60s Newark had riots against whites and blacks. Blacks moved into the city and white people wern't pleased and riots raged throughout the city around MLK... Blacks ended up taking over with a 60% population. before the riots the city had 400,000 now... 280+K

If the riot's never happened the city would be a lot more populated and less crimefilled i would say.
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Old 01-30-2009, 03:42 AM
 
Location: Portland, Maine
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I love "The Wire" but it sure did give Baltimore quite a reputation. Yes, it has some very tough neighborhoods but the city has many great neighborhoods. I have been here quite a while and have no experience with the activities that occured in the series.
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Old 01-30-2009, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Omaha
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I would say last year's American Idol audition in Omaha was a PR bust, as it portrayed Omaha as a tiny little town where locals would milk their own cows and grow their own corn. Not to mention, they really only showed the local tards representing the city.
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