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Old 09-06-2013, 12:21 PM  
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Ghetto Tracker App: Helps the Rich Avoid the Poor

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In less than 24 hours, a new app tactfully titled Ghetto Tracker--a service seeking to help people identify safe areas in unfamiliar cities--has already garnered enough backlash to prompt an immediate name change to Good Part of Town.

However, the PR move may not do much to alter the public's reception of the app, which critics are slamming as a racist, classist app for helping the rich to avoid the poor.

The app functions by allowing locals to rate the safety of different parts of a given area. According to The Week, the original launch of the page featured a white family of four smiling alongside the app's promise to show users "which parts of town are safe and which ones are ghetto, or unsafe."

In addition to the name change, all mention of the word "ghetto" has been removed from the site. The site now features an ethnically diverse family on its homepage.

In an email sent to Gawker, the app's team said it changed the name in response to emails from a woman whose family had been contained in an actual World War II ghetto and one from a man who grew up in a struggling area and went on to graduate from college and overcome his upbringing.

"I can't be held responsible for the assumptions people may make in regards to factors like race and income," the letter to Gawker continued. "I've seen comments on blogs and in twitter that are trying to say this is encouraging racism or social stratification and that was never our intention."

But critics have pointed out the app's adverse effects on the community, regardless of the app's intentions.

"Its pretty detrimental to society when we reinforce the idea that poor or crime-heavy areas are places to be categorically avoided or shamed," David Holmes wrote on PandoDaily. "As if to assume that every person who lives in an area with comparatively high crime or poverty is a criminal, or that these areas are devoid of culture or positivity."
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Old 09-06-2013, 07:46 PM   #46
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That was pretty much my point.
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Old 09-06-2013, 07:49 PM   #47
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Something that brought a red flag for me getting into a bad area of a city is seeing bars on windows, malt liqueur signs and hookers on street corners.
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Old 09-06-2013, 07:58 PM   #48
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That really has nothing to do with the 'Good Side Of Town' app.
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Old 09-06-2013, 10:06 PM   #49
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I encourage anyone who believes this is a terrible idea to head down to some of the marked areas around 11pm tomorrow(Saturday) night.....drive slow with your windows down and stop at all signs. Make sure to get out at some convenience stores and withdraw some cash from the ATM.
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Old 09-06-2013, 10:25 PM   #50
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I encourage anyone who believes this is a terrible idea to head down to some of the marked areas around 11pm tomorrow(Saturday) night.....drive slow with your windows down and stop at all signs. Make sure to get out at some convenience stores and withdraw some cash from the ATM.
Yeah, because without the app, you would have no idea.
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Old 09-07-2013, 02:56 PM   #51
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Maybe you should try visiting some new cities where you don't know your way around.


Once I was in Washington DC in a rental car with a co-worker and at a stop light a black guy came up to the window and said "what are you doing? Do you know where you're at? You need to get your ass 2 blocks that way before something happens."

We crossed an imaginary line in a city in which I'd never been and weren't safe because of it.

I could easily get into that in St Louis.
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Old 09-07-2013, 03:25 PM   #52
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Maybe you should try visiting some new cities where you don't know your way around.


Once I was in Washington DC in a rental car with a co-worker and at a stop light a black guy came up to the window and said "what are you doing? Do you know where you're at? You need to get your ass 2 blocks that way before something happens."

We crossed an imaginary line in a city in which I'd never been and weren't safe because of it.

I could easily get into that in St Louis.
nice of that guy to tell you. DC turns bad in a hurry.
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Old 09-07-2013, 03:30 PM   #53
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Something that brought a red flag for me getting into a bad area of a city is seeing bars on windows, malt liqueur signs and hookers on street corners.
The dead giveaway for me is always the street sign that says MARTIN LUTHER KING JR BLVD.
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Old 09-07-2013, 03:35 PM   #54
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Yeah, because without the app, you would have no idea.
Apparently someone has never actually TRAVELLED.

There are many cities around the world where you can go from relatively safe to scary in a matter of a block or two... with very few outward signs. But certainly don't let your ignorance get in the way of your condescending sniping.

The app itself sounds fairly useless though... unless it runs in the background and constantly checks GPS to issue warnings... in which case you'd better carry 2 or 3 spare batteries. At least until there are more phones like the MotoX that have "always on" sensors that don't kill battery life.

I'd also be loathe to trust a system that solely relies on user input. I'd want that combined with crime data and other sources.
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Old 09-07-2013, 03:39 PM   #55
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Apparently someone has never actually TRAVELLED.

There are many cities around the world where you can go from relatively safe to scary in a matter of a block or two... with very few outward signs. But certainly don't let your ignorance get in the way of your condescending sniping.

The app itself sounds fairly useless though... unless it runs in the background and constantly checks GPS to issue warnings... in which case you'd better carry 2 or 3 spare batteries. At least until there are more phones like the MotoX that have "always on" sensors that don't kill battery life.

I'd also be loathe to trust a system that solely relies on user input. I'd want that combined with crime data and other sources.
Would be a good feature on Garmin in rental cars.
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Old 09-07-2013, 03:40 PM   #56
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The dead giveaway for me is always the street sign that says MARTIN LUTHER KING JR BLVD.
Dead giveaway? Dead giveaway? The dead giveaway is watching a pretty little white girl jumpin into a black man's arms. Dead giveaway. Dead giveaway.
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Maybe you should try visiting some new cities where you don't know your way around.


Once I was in Washington DC in a rental car with a co-worker and at a stop light a black guy came up to the window and said "what are you doing? Do you know where you're at? You need to get your ass 2 blocks that way before something happens."

We crossed an imaginary line in a city in which I'd never been and weren't safe because of it.

I could easily get into that in St Louis.
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Would be a good feature on Garmin in rental cars.
Speaking of rental car features...

Her's a million dollar idea of mine!

Car rental company app for your phone that lets you save a "car preferences profile." This would have things like what types of radio stations you like, the way you like your seat adjusted, climate controls, etc...
THEN when you rent a car... as soon as you get in it automatically makes a bluetooth connection that customizes everything in the rental to you.

Anyone want to loan me a few million to build the prototypes?
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Speaking of rental car features...

Her's a million dollar idea of mine!

Car rental company app for your phone that lets you save a "car preferences profile." This would have things like what types of radio stations you like, the way you like your seat adjusted, climate controls, etc...
THEN when you rent a car... as soon as you get in it automatically makes a bluetooth connection that customizes everything in the rental to you.

Anyone want to loan me a few million to build the prototypes?
That would be bad ass. It takes me 15 minutes to get everything set. Would be nice if your app could adjust mirrors too.
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