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.
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.
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.
Lets see, high poverty, high vacancy, high single mothers.
Me thinks there is something missing
We build a park...they trash it
We paint a wall...they grafitti it
We give them welfare...they buy crack
We continue to pour billions into the system...they continue to suck billions from the system.
Put down the crack pipe and get a job...
Close your legs and stop having more babies just to increase your welfare check...Nnn-kay?
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