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

Want to avoid the poor at all costs?
There's a app for that!

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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.

"Itís 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 09-09-2013, 07:33 PM   #76
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It was 2-3pm, and he was very clear that in a couple of hours our asses would be in trouble there....because we were white and in a rental car.
Sounds like the edge of the Georgetown area.
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Old 09-09-2013, 08:22 PM   #77
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I was at the DMV the other day and there were a couple of black girls looking at an apartment guide book while waiting. I must have heard them say "thats ghetto" 20 times.


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Old 09-09-2013, 10:55 PM   #78
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Old 09-09-2013, 10:57 PM   #79
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They should come up with an Suburban app to protect people from random shooters, rapist, pedophiles and pill poppers.
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Old 09-09-2013, 11:10 PM   #80
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Old 09-10-2013, 07:40 AM   #81
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Is this the right thread to mention that, pretty much no matter what city you're in, if you're on Martin Luther King Boulevard, you want to move along as quickly as possible...?

Seems like an odd way to honor a great American, and it's massively politically incorrect to say it, of course, but it's also the truth.
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Old 09-10-2013, 08:56 AM   #82
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Is this the right thread to mention that, pretty much no matter what city you're in, if you're on Martin Luther King Boulevard, you want to move along as quickly as possible...?

Seems like an odd way to honor a great American, and it's massively politically incorrect to say it, of course, but it's also the truth.
I think someone mentioned that early in the thread. I know it holds true here!
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Old 09-10-2013, 10:01 AM   #83
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Is this the right thread to mention that, pretty much no matter what city you're in, if you're on Martin Luther King Boulevard, you want to move along as quickly as possible...?
Crapski mentioned it.
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Old 09-10-2013, 10:09 AM   #84
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Old 09-10-2013, 10:17 AM   #85
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I guess if I was just randomly traveling into a city without no prior preparation or research at all as to where I was going, the things I would be doing, and the places I would be staying, this could be useful. Otherwise, not so much.
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Is this the right thread to mention that, pretty much no matter what city you're in, if you're on Martin Luther King Boulevard, you want to move along as quickly as possible...?

Seems like an odd way to honor a great American, and it's massively politically incorrect to say it, of course, but it's also the truth.
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Old 09-10-2013, 12:07 PM   #87
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They should come up with an Suburban app to protect people from random shooters, rapist, pedophiles and pill poppers.
Are hood rats terrified of coming out to the suburbs? I had no idea.

I know which set (no pun intended) I'd rather take my chances with.
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Crapski mentioned it.

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