The 25 most dangerous neighborhoods in America
A new study puts northwest Detroit at the top of the list, but other areas may surprise you.
What's it like to live and work in the most dangerous neighborhood in America? Theodore Parker can tell you.
He's the pastor at St. Cecilia's Rectory, a church of about 350 parishioners in northwest Detroit. The rectory is just down the street from the area that NeighborhoodScout has named the country's most dangerous. People there have a one in seven chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime this year. It doesn't get much worse than that in this country.
"It feels neglected," Parker said in an interview with MSN moneyNOW. "I would say it feels sort of nervous, if a neighborhood can feel nervous."
Parker said he still finds it unnerving when gunshots ring through the street, and he doesn't know whether to get on the floor or hide behind a desk. Parishioners have gotten robbed while riding the bus to church. Years ago, someone stole all the brass knobs on the church's doors.
Buildings in the neighborhood are empty, often ransacked. Some city streetlights don't turn on at night, and when he goes out, Parker drives through stretches of dark, empty blocks.
NeighborhoodScout, a real-estate neighborhood search website, combed through mountains of FBI data to develop its list of the 25 most dangerous neighborhoods in America. Most of the cities shared similar characteristics: high poverty rates, high vacancy rates and a large percentage of households run by single mothers.
The neighborhood south of St. Cecilia's has nearly a 36% vacancy rate. Just 0.9% of its adult residents graduated from college. Some 43% of the children live below the federal poverty level.
Parker has quick answers when asked what could improve his neighborhood. A decent grocery store, for starters -- the city is a "food desert," he adds. A positive city government would help, one that wouldn't have closed the library down the street last fall. Finally, he asked for something most of America takes for granted: decent housing.
"Housing that was reasonable where people could actually live," he said. "That would be a wonderful asset for the city."
Read on to see the remaining 24 neighborhoods that NeighborhoodScout says are the most dangerous in America.
DLH - Great point.
It hits on a topic , that I see and comment on every night. It's the fantasy land of the lefty media , even impacted into our TV commercials. It's the gradual, lowering of the standards and impressions of white man.
A - When you see a security commercial with a break in - It's ALWAYS a white man doing the breaking in , usually into the typical black families mansion in the woods.
B- In an office setting , multiple people it's ALWAYS the black man in charge , the white men are ALWAYS stumbling , bumbling , idiots, white women are SLIGHTLY smarter but it' clear who is in charge (and he ain't white - LOL). White men are ALWAYS fat and ugly as well as STUPID !
C- Every get together of young people MUST include a black man and he is usually coupled up with a blonde. NEVER will you see a white man with a black women (doesn't fit the narrative)
D- When you see a commercial of black people partying you NEVER see them with a white person in the group , it's ALWAYS 100% brothers - Interesting how it can't go the other way, when blacks get together ?
E- When you see commercial featuring ONLY white men, it's ALWAYS shows them in a negative light . Feminine, idiotic, mindless, indecisive, immature
F- When you see an insurance commercial showing stupid acts . It's ALWAYS the white man sawing of the tree limb above the black guys car . The black man is the voice of reason, while the white man is ALWAYS the fool. In EVERY case.
G- The family unit - This is the best one yet ! WHENEVER you see a strong , family unit, it's ALWAYS the black family unit. Dad , Mom , 2 kids- all light skinned Obama look alike. All successful , well dressed, driving BMW's. Typical black family !
REALITY CHECK = 72% of black men impregnate and then abandon , over and over and over
Do we address that - NOOOOO
The new family unit is the black family unit (although it is fantasy)
Anyone else notice this white man destroying trend ?
It's big brother pumping out propaganda EVERY night in an ever so subtle way
Did the article mention the CORRUPTION in ALL of these black run cities ?
BROKE, GHETTOS, WITH CORRUPT LEADERSHIP (ALL BLACK)!
Aren't we lucky ?
Chicago, Philly, Detroit, Cleveland , Cincinnati, Sacramento, on and on
ALL DEM , ALL BROKE , ALL FULL OF CRIME !
Hate to say it, but why would a decent grocery store or any other business want to do business in a run down crime infested neighborhood. Just like when black neighborhood riot they act like animals and destroy things-even their own neighborhoods and their neighbors. I don't think you can ever bring back those areas.
Teach people to have respect.
Don't have children out of wedlock, especially multiple children with multiple non present fathers.
These neighborhoods are breeding grounds for thugs and criminals who would rather make fast money selling drugs than work hard for an honest living.
Unfortunately, only a few break the mold and achieve something good in those type of neighborhoods.
Everyone says MORE education for drugs, MORE education for birth control, MORE education about AIDS. They know-they just do it any way.
Keep the kids busy with home projects so they don't go off shooting up the neighborhood.
A list of things they can do.
Clean the house.
Clean the yard.
Clean the church.
Make them stay out of groups that have nothing good to do.
What the police can do is ---their jobs. Pick up the groups and question them. They will have all the probable cause they need when they see them smoking or acting funny. Then search the first one and find the gun, the knife, the cigarettes or the drugs. Put them in the system. Anything to get them off the streets. When they are released, pick them up again and again until they learn or move away.
Time to take back the streets from their own kids.
As a further adjunct , if a commercial is made showing OH MY GOD , Arabs riding a camel , well that's racist, everyone's getting sued, commercials cancelled
But white males ?
ANY heathen, from any sheethole can ALWAYS trump the white man.
He can be portrayed as walking fools , losers.
Are you tired of seeing this ?
Ready for less PC and more interests in OUR rights ?
I raised my boys in the HOOD without them ending up as ****ers or anything else negative. They have real jobs and/or going to college. They were kept busy in sports or other community activities where they had no time to get in trouble.
Me and my husband used to joke, if the boys wanted to join the gang, they could join the football, basketball, track. baseball. Boys and Girls Club or anything else that would be a positive influence.
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