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Old October 11th, 2011, 04:07 PM   #1
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Worst slums in America.....third world or western world?

I am working on a project and wondered whether anyone could tell me where I would find the worst slum city in America (ie the worst place to live). I am looking at western countries and to see whether I can find people who live in third world conditions in these modern times.
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Old October 11th, 2011, 04:11 PM   #2
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there are many here in the USA.
in Detroit, New Orelans, Miami, LA, NY, Chicago, and Saint L
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Old October 11th, 2011, 04:11 PM   #3
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Look at Indian Reservations, the Appalachian mountain region, Eastern Arkansas, and rural Mississippi.

These are the poorest regions of the US.

All US cities have poor areas but look at New Orleans and Memphis in particular.
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Old October 12th, 2011, 03:04 AM   #4
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Regarding Indian Reservations, the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota is generally regarded to be the poorest area in the US with an infant mortality rate five times the US average and having the lowest average life spans in the Western Hemisphere (only exceeded by Haiti). So that would be one area to look for.



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Old October 12th, 2011, 04:16 AM   #5
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E. St. Louis, IL, Camden, NJ, Gary, IN.

The reputations, unfortunately are true and they do in fact have the highest rape, murder, and other violent crime per capita than most any other city in the U.S.
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Old October 12th, 2011, 04:47 AM   #7
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It really depends on what you consider a "slum". If a slum is an area where the residents live in filthy conditions without electricity or running water then there aren't too many places like that in the U.S. If a slum is an area where unemployment and crime are higher than average, and where a large share of residents live on government subsidies then there are plenty of places like that in the U.S. It all depends.
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Old October 12th, 2011, 09:12 AM   #8
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Slums in the "Western" world have no prayer of being as bad as third world slums.
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Old October 25th, 2011, 02:46 PM   #9
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If you don't have idea South America,Center America Including Mexico (North America) Are Western Countries
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Old October 25th, 2011, 03:34 PM   #10
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If you don't have idea South America,Center America Including Mexico (North America) Are Western Countries
The "Western World" generally refers to those nations comparable to Western European nations, not specifically to geography. Brazil and Mexico were not even considered "Industrialized" nations until this year per the International Monetary Fund's World Economic Outlook Report.

I have to agree with East St. Louis, IL as I took a random drive through the city and was blown away that such a place exists in the U.S.
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Old October 26th, 2011, 07:35 AM   #11
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The "Western World" generally refers to those nations comparable to Western European nations, not specifically to geography. Brazil and Mexico were not even considered "Industrialized" nations until this year per the International Monetary Fund's World Economic Outlook Report.

I have to agree with East St. Louis, IL as I took a random drive through the city and was blown away that such a place exists in the U.S.
Well yeah... if you talk about economy but the term western world is about the culture so thats why latin america is western because the european culture just like the U.S and Canada
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Old October 26th, 2011, 09:52 AM   #12
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The Western World generally refers only to Western Europe, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and occasionally Japan.
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Old October 26th, 2011, 10:17 AM   #13
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Japan is never included in the "western word" term. Back in the cold war it was bunched in with the western world as a "first world" country, but it's never been part of the west.

Mexico and South America definitely are.
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Old October 26th, 2011, 04:58 PM   #14
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More often, though, Latin America is grouped into a category on its own. The culture is dominated by a hybrid Iberian/Aboriginal influence that separates it distinctly from the developed Western countries. Sure it's "Western" in the fact that it has European influence, but socio-economically, it's separate.

Here's a map that I think sums up what regions of the world belong to which types of civilization:

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Look at Indian Reservations, the Appalachian mountain region, Eastern Arkansas, and rural Mississippi.

These are the poorest regions of the US.

All US cities have poor areas but look at New Orleans and Memphis in particular.
Also the Texas border colonias.
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Old October 27th, 2011, 03:18 AM   #16
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Japan is never included in the "western word" term. Back in the cold war it was bunched in with the western world as a "first world" country, but it's never been part of the west.

Mexico and South America definitely are.
I'm just saying that Japan's advanced industrial economy puts it more in line with Western Europe, the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand and in that sense is often grouped with the Western Nations, if not technically one.
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Old October 27th, 2011, 10:19 PM   #17
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memphis has nothing comparable to the slums of new york, philadelphia, sections of l.a. and many others---gary, indiana, detroit, south side chicago. you obviously are not informed on the urban renewal which has taken place over the last 10 years in memphis. in fact, the two legends development are model urban developments for the country.

now, let's discuss nashville. nashville, had the tornado of '98 to clean up a good deal of east nashville, it would be equivalen or worse than most cities in mississippi. that trash pile public housing area was a real nice place to take the mountain people to and from the grand ole opry. it was probably one of the only places in the country where the mules and horses refused to stay inside the apartments w/ the owners. antioch, some of madison, and north nashville have some other fine living quarters. we shouldn't forget the lovely bordeaux area and all it has to offer.

just keeping things in perspective. you've had the government and mother nature to help get, at least, parts of nashville reorganized. we will have to wait to see what the weather brings in the future, as for further urban renewal.
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Old October 28th, 2011, 05:34 AM   #18
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there are many here in the USA.
in Detroit, New Orelans, Miami, LA, NY, Chicago, and Saint L
Forgot to mention the whole state of Arizona....
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Old October 28th, 2011, 07:12 AM   #19
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Forgot to mention the whole state of Arizona....
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Although in all seriousness though parts of South Florida such as Belle Glade and Pahokee are very "third worldish" to say the least.
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Old October 28th, 2011, 05:55 PM   #20
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More often, though, Latin America is grouped into a category on its own. The culture is dominated by a hybrid Iberian/Aboriginal influence that separates it distinctly from the developed Western countries. Sure it's "Western" in the fact that it has European influence, but socio-economically, it's separate.

Here's a map that I think sums up what regions of the world belong to which types of civilization:

Why is the Philippines on there as "Western"? It's one of the poorest countries in Asia, and has slums like nothing I've ever seen
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