Here we go again. Another day, another list.
Not sure what media entity put this together but it is part of a collection of similar lists that apparently we can’t resist clicking on. It is part of a catalog that includes “Tattoo Do’s and Don’ts”, “MORE Hot Chicks With Tattoos”, “Insane Man Caves” and “More WTF Tattoos!”
The “20 most dangerous neighborhoods in America” which has two sites in Memphis and one in West Memphis should probably also double as one of the 20 worst lists in America as well … with or without tattoos.
Consider: Downtown Memphis is #12. Of course this is a slide show. And when you get to Downtown Memphis you will see as the photo with this entry – because a list is nothing without the photo – the Memphis Police Association billboard reading “Danger enter at your own risk.” “This city does not support public safety.”
The paragraph that goes with all of this says that the 38126 zip code has a violent crime rate of 67.26 per 1,000 residents. No source given for the statistic or why the zip code for South Memphis is used in a listing for Downtown Memphis, which is 38103 and 38105.
The same zip code shows up in the #15 entry for the Gaston Park section of Memphis but with a different violent crime rate of 82.9 per 1,000 residents.
The photo to go with Gaston Park shows a photo from The Commercial Appeal of the demolition of the Cleaborn Homes public housing development with a back hoe visible.
“When homes in a neighborhood are allowed to look like the one pictured here, you know it must be a very bad area,” the entry reads without mentioning the backhoe in the picture just rammed the rather sizeable hole in the side of the brick building because it is being demolished and nobody lives there anymore – because it is being demolished. Did I add that it is being demolished. Because I don’t want to forget to add that it is being demolished.
There is one interesting statistic in this entry, however, which is useful if it is true.
“17 percent of its residents travel more than an hour to get to work which is the longest commute rate in the entire country.”
That sounds distinctly like a commute rate on the Memphis Area Transit Authority.