The worst neighborhood I have ever been to in my life was in North Philly, Kensington aka Badlands area. Cambria Street/Lehigh St. I think it was. I could not believe people actually exist and live in a neighborhood that bad. Every other building was boarded up, burned out, or falling down. Never seen anything like that anywhere, NYC (including South Bronx), Newark, Baltimore, even Camden. It makes Compton/Watts look like a nice quiet Palm treed, middle class suburb.
Sad thing is my grandparents were raised in Kensington many years ago. People were as poor as now there but it used to be a very nice safe area.
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Jan 6, 2014, 03:47 PM #141Senior Member
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Jan 6, 2014, 04:20 PM #144
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I like how this morphed into the hood thread.
Newark had 110 murders in 2013 up from last year. I've used to hang there in my late teens and early 20's. I spent much more time hanging in Plainfield, New Brunswick, Crown Heights, Spanish Harlem, and the Village though. I was in the city, as we called it, at least once a week partying, fighting, and being a ding dong. We had lots of fun, but very bad things happened at times. Very bad.
Jan 6, 2014, 04:28 PM #145
I drove through Compton when I was in LA one time... Its like Disney world. Little cul-de-sacs with beautiful homes. I mean, section 8 housing there has big hards with fences... Its like a joke that they are so violent. Its is seriously probably the nicest ghetto in the country... I dont know what all those rappers were talking about. They dont even have housing projects there that I could see.
Anyway, if you haven't had the delight of visited a baltimore ghetto. Reminder: 60% of city row homes are still currently vacant. Boarded up, burned down... Filled with dead bodies, rats etc... thats right. 60%....
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I could go on all day posting more.... I can't find a good shot of the old project towers that they tore down (a la the wire). They knocked down all 13 high rise tower projects in the whole city because they were using sniper riffles and taking out cops and ATF when they would try and raid the buildings. Not even Chicago has seen anything like that before. McCullough homes were the last ones there and they tore them down while I lived downtown in the first season of the wire. The whole show was filmed in the McCullough homes. ANd the tit*y bar was the Ritz in Fells point....
anyway, I know every city has a ghetto. Every town has a bad area. But if you havent explored out of the tourist area in Baltimore, you won't really understand....
The last place i lived in bmore was on the 200 block of East Preston Street. 2 blocks away on Greenmount and Preston street was one of the most violent street corners in the city. My girlfriend, now wife used to wake up every other night when she heard the gunshots. I would sleep right through it. The bridge on my corner ran overtop of the 83 and most of the crime stayed one block over...
but if you don't know about Baltimore Ghettos, drive down to my old block, 200 east preston street and drive east for about 20 blocks... You will not believe what you see. And if you think thats bad, turn left and go up to 25th street, make a left down Barclay Street until you hit North Avenue.... No power. Guys are hiding in the trees as look outs. Every stop light or corner you hit, you will get approached and surrounded by armed thugs.... Everybody has a "burner" around there. Everyone. You will probably be lucky to make it out of that little road trip unscathed, unless its about 10am... and even then, guys are out. Guys were out on every corner on Christmas morning. Snow storms. Whatever. No matter the weather, I will give it to these guys, they have some serious work ethic for gangsters. There is no time off. They got the morning crews, the night crew, the lunch crews... 24/7 operations. The graveyards shifts.
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Jan 6, 2014, 04:33 PM #146
And a lot of what you saw in the wire were based on true stories. The whole show was written by the x police chief and a lot of the actors were people he had locked up and helped out when they were released.. I.E. for about 2 years straight in the early 2000s, some guys from NYC and Philly tried to infiltrate the drug market in west Baltimore. So everyone on the east and west side start blowing peoples heads off for wearing Yankees and Phillies hats. It used to be cool or trendy to be a thug in any city wearing a New York hat and once they start killing anyone who looked like an out of towner, all the gansters started wearing Orioles hats again... A bunch of local guys got murdered for wearing the wrong hats... Sent a good message out. I think its season 4 of the wire when they start walking down the street looking for guys in Yankees caps and they just start shooting. People from up north have always tried to come down to Baltimore and set up shop. A few weeks later they are in the police blotter dead.
Jan 6, 2014, 04:44 PM #147
shouldnt you computer nerds be surfing right now?!?! get on it today if you can!
Jan 6, 2014, 06:06 PM #148
Jan 6, 2014, 06:17 PM #149
Look behind most major drug ring/corner in Baltimore and I'm sure if you scratch deep enough there's probably some NY linkage.
Dude, no one was picking off ATF and other police from the projects in Baltimore. They kill a cop(especially federal) and their operation is done. They'll become target number one, and they'll lose.
Dude, Philly is exactly like you describe except it's larger and exists in greater areas. Camden, Philly and Baltimore streets are indistinguishable. They all look the same. Philly just has more of it.
Crime stats reports are complete BS. You can find them things that has Desert Springs, Ca listed worse than Baltimore. You can find stats that rate Atlantic City more dangerous than Detroit or New Orleans. They're friggin bunk. Plus, Philly learned to under-report a long time ago.
Like Camden always beats Baltimore in the worst city thing. Philly's not even in the top ten. I'd much rather be stuck walking around in Camden than in Philly. Yeah Camden's 100% ghetto, but you can get out of any of it's neighborhoods in five or six blocks.....
Hey the Barksdales got their packages from Philly and New York.
You seem much proud of the Baltimore drug markets. I dig it, but no where compares to North Philly. Not even today, and it ain't even as crazy like it was in the 80's and 90's.
Of course they're out trapping on Christmas, junkies don't take holidays off. Any good corner is 24/7...365. And they love the snow cause the police never bother anybody when there's a foot of snow on the ground.