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Old December 30th, 2005, 09:22 AM   #1
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Worst Slum/Ghetto Pics

I am extremely fascinated in the "grittiness" of American slums or ghettos...more so inner-city/urban ghettos than rural country slums...pictures of boarded up row houses etc.

I have seen first hand some areas like these in most ever major US city, but if you have any pictures you can share with us, please post them.
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Old December 30th, 2005, 09:42 AM   #2
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South Bronx

FYI: South Bronx no longer resembles what is shown in these photos.


















































































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Old December 30th, 2005, 09:50 AM   #3
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It looks like a war zone...astonishing...great pics! I would love to see some "after" shots to see how they've cleaned the place up. There is just soo much garbage and so many condemned/collapsed building, how would one ever begin to rebuild?!

Apparently they had a huge crack epidemic in the Bronx during the time period when these pics were taken...
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Old December 30th, 2005, 09:59 AM   #4
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The South Bronx was probably the heaviest ghetto in America. You won't find anything as dramatic as this. But something incredible came from this madness: hip hop.
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Old December 30th, 2005, 01:17 PM   #5
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I think most of those S. Bronx pics are from 1983, but the crime graphic suggests that things were even worse in the early 1970s, way before the crack epidemic. Anyone have pics of the area now? I looked on Google, but couldnt find any aerial views. But from the looks of Google Earth, the area has recovered quite a bit. Any photos? How about Chicago or Detroit, two other cities with some pretty tough areas?
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Old December 30th, 2005, 01:24 PM   #6
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I took the train to NYC from upstate a few times in the '80s. The South Bronx blew my mind, I had never seen anything like that in my life. NYC began urban renewal in the 60s but went bankrupt in the mid 70s. It is my understanding that they started to tear down these neighborhoods and then ran out of money with the job half done. It was like taking the train through the apocolypse. I am not sure what these neighborhoods look like today. I hope they are better - or at least cleaner. It was by far the worst nighborhood I had ever seen anywhere, worse than the places I saw in the 3rd world.
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Old December 30th, 2005, 02:37 PM   #7
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Those pictures make it seem as if Milwaukee doesn't have a ghetto.






Wow. How do you rebuild from that? I'd like to see some recent picture of South Bronx.
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Old December 30th, 2005, 03:29 PM   #8
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Those pics are unbeatable.
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Old December 30th, 2005, 03:54 PM   #9
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I look at those pictures and think what beautiful architecture. Those structures, even in the condition they are in, are 10 times better to look at than the new crap they build today! I really hope they have or are being renovated instead of demolished.
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Old December 30th, 2005, 04:23 PM   #10
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Here's some of Gary courtesy of qwerty1324 and MCC. These are only of the areas around downtown Gary, IN, I have no idea what the neighborhoods look like.

qwerty's site: http://www.philipmalenfant.com/mypicsX
MCC's gallery: http://www.pbase.com/mcc2000/gary__may_2004













Phillyskyline.com has photos of two cities that have suffered tons of decay: Chester, PA and Camden, NJ. I don't think Chester's crime rate is that high, especially when compared to Gary of Camden.

Chester: http://phillyskyline.com/chester/index1.htm










Camden, these are mostly of neighborhoods in Camden: http://phillyskyline.com/camden/index1.htm


















Here's the photo tour on DT Camden, which looks like it has made some progress:
http://phillyskyline.com/camden/2/

Also, check out this site: http://www.angelfire.com/nv/207/

Granted tons of pics are fairly outdated (South Bronx and Washington DC), but it's still very interesting to look at. There are some relatively recent pics of decay, and I'm planning to send the site some pictures I have of decay in Indianapolis.
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Old December 30th, 2005, 05:07 PM   #11
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Thanks a lot for the photos and links, Naptown. I forget sometimes there are places like Gary in Indiana. So much human and urban potential wasted.
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Old December 30th, 2005, 05:13 PM   #12
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I love Slums! There so ghetto-y!


Is this a subway station? Looks alot diffrent to any Athens Station
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Old December 30th, 2005, 05:23 PM   #13
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Those pics are pretty scary..

You're proud of this? O.o
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Old December 30th, 2005, 05:28 PM   #14
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Wow, I was going to put up some Milwaukee photos, but our bad neighborhoods look like the Land of Oz compared to these places.
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Old December 30th, 2005, 05:29 PM   #15
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Giorgos--that's a pretty old picture. It looks like a NYC subway station from the '80s---when crime was much, much higher.

And I don't think anyone's really proud of ghettos; they're just interesting.
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Old December 30th, 2005, 05:33 PM   #16
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Things are have changed quite much and still changing (as well as the prices in those areas)

First we have the example of Harlem, once a ghetto, and the same happens with S Bronx. Having made travels to and from New Haven I passed by the area both with trains and buses and everything looks quite different to what it used to be like back in the 80's. Specially Harlem they're building quite many luxury condos in the area you won't believe it!

As for Milwaukee, I think Milwaukee is a wonderful 1.8 million city so its "slums" are relative to the size of the city. Anyway I could't consider them as slums, and also I feel kind of a construction boom in that city with the renewal of the old breweries into condos like in the case of Pabst Brewery or Teweles to mention a few (the later located in an area close to the harbor). The third ward area is also undergoing a beautification process.
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Old December 30th, 2005, 08:10 PM   #17
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Damm, I know that we have some pretty mean slums in Indianapolis but compared to third world war zone Bronx, even the ghettoest parts of Indy look like paradise compared to those pics.
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Old December 30th, 2005, 09:36 PM   #18
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The South Bronx was probably the heaviest ghetto in America. You won't find anything as dramatic as this.
hydro, where is this area in relation to yankee stadium? my only experience with the bronx was taking the 4 train up to yankee stadium, and it did not look anything like this... i know that new york has undergone an incredible transformation, but that area wasn't really bad at all.. i assume it's pretty much the same area though right?
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Old December 30th, 2005, 09:44 PM   #19
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Yankee Stadium is basically across the river from Manhattan. Not all of the Bronx is like the South Bronx. The reason the South Bronx was so bad was because it had so many public housing projects built in the area.
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Old December 30th, 2005, 09:58 PM   #20
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Here's some of Gary courtesy of qwerty1324 and MCC. These are only of the areas around downtown Gary, IN, I have no idea what the neighborhoods look like.
the neighborhoods i've been to in gary look quite a bit like that of east st louis (anyone have any pics?) with a lot of caved in and collapsed buildings that are overgrown with trees and tall grass... the odd thing about gary (at least the parts i've been to) is that it's actually pretty heavily forested so sometimes it doesn't even feel like you're in a city... there's also a ton of very worn down and dirty trailers and in one area i was in, there were ruins of houses that were being overgrown and covered up not only by trees and brush, but also by the drifting sand dunes (the whole gary area is very sandy, it's right by the indiana dunes)

i also have no idea about chester's crime rate, but it is honestly one of the worst cities i've ever seen.. one helluva welcome to the philly area if you're coming in on 95..

also, some parts of dc do still really look like that...
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