Twenty Five Baddest Hoods

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on June 25, 2009



There is a report out about the 25 most dangerous neighborhoods in America. The noise you hear is a BS detector going ding ding ding.

The study was compiled by Andrew Schiller and This is a service for people looking to move to an area. You can get a report on any “neighborhood” in America. You will need a paid subscription to the service.

The study uses FBI data regarding murder, non-negligent manslaughter,forcible rape, armed robbery, and aggravated assault. It is a standard statistical soup of incidents per thousand residents. There is a saying about three kinds of lies…lies, damn lies, and statistics.

PG looked over the sites describing this study, and could not find how they define a neighborhood. This is a key flaw in the study. In Atlanta, neighborhoods expand along with the property values. If a realtor can make more money by calling a street Vinings instead of Smyrna, then she will do so. How you draw the boundaries of these areas is going to have a lot to do with how many crimes are reported.

The word reported is also important, as not all crimes are reported. Police Departments play games with the numbers. There are three kinds of lies.

Here are the twenty five hoods ranked as the baddest in the America, the greatest country on earth.

1. Cincinnati, Ohio (Central Pky./Liberty St.) 2. Chicago (State St./Garfield Blvd.) 3. Miami, Fla. (7th Ave./North River Dr.) 4. Jacksonville, Fla. (Beaver St./Broad St.) 5. Baltimore (North Ave./Belair Rd.) 6. Kansas City, Mo. (Bales Ave./30th St.) 7. Memphis, Tenn. (Warford St./Mount Olive Rd.) 8. Kansas City, Mo. (Forest Ave./41st St.) 9. Dallas, Texas (Route 352/Scyene Rd.) 10. Richmond, Va. (Church Hill) 11. Memphis, Tenn. (Bellevue Blvd./Lamar Ave.) 12. Dallas, Texas (2nd Ave./Hatcher St.) 13. Springfield, Ill. (Cook St./11th St.) 14. St. Louis (14th St./Dr. Martin Luther King Dr.) 15. Little Rock, Ark. (Roosevelt Rd./Bond St.) 16. Philadelphia (Broad St./Dauphin St.) 17. Tampa, Fla. (Amelia Ave./Tampa St.) 18. New York City (St. Nicholas Ave./125th St.) 19. Chicago (66th St./Yale Ave.) 20. Baltimore (Orleans St./Front St.) 21. Cleveland (Cedar Ave./55th St.) 22. Orlando, Fla. (East-West Expy/Orange Blossom Trl.) 23. Detroit (Mount Elliott St./Palmer Ave.) 24. Chicago (Wallace St./58th St.) 25. Chicago (Winchester, Ave./60th St.)

Did any hoods from Atlanta make the list? No, and Houston, New Orleans, or Los Angeles did not *crack* the top 25. The furthest west the list goes is Kansas City. While it is “safe” to assume that the 25 areas listed are not nice places, you have to wonder about a listing like this that leaves so much out.

HT to JoeMyG-d, who lives in New York.



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