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Microsoft smart phone app...“Avoid The Ghetto”

An in-development Microsoft smart phone app designed to help drivers and pedestrians avoid unsafe neighborhoods is proving controversial among some minority rights groups that find the software potentially discriminatory.

The as-of-yet unnamed product is being referred to as the “Avoid The Ghetto” app by those who are concerned with where it will guide users.

“I’m going to be up in arms about it if it happens,” said Dallas NAACP President Juanita Wallace.


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Discriminatory... Leave it to the NAACP to make such a claim!

What's the big eff'n deal? Foreign business travelers & vacationers are going to welcome this app. Frankly I'm surprised it hasn't been developed before now.

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They totally missed the ep of RHOA where Sheree and Lawrence, who are both black, are driving through the "hood" and looking a little anxious only to arrrive at the lounge they were going to announcing that it was...wait for it..."in the ghetto". Whoops.

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Any foreign business traveler and vacationer driving through the ghetto is looking for drugs, lets be honest here. There are no services or amenities in these poor, minority neighborhoods that would attract tourists. And nobody is getting pulled out of their cars at red lights just for being in the wrong neighborhood. This is the United States, not Brazil. This program is being called discriminatory because it factors race and income level of residents into its determination of 'ghetto' neighborhoods, not just total number of crimes.

All this will do is point gentrifiers and Asian merchants to cheapest real estate.


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I think most people know where not to go anyway just from the looks of the surroundings

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Any foreign business traveler and vacationer driving through the ghetto is looking for drugs, lets be honest here. There are no services or amenities in these poor, minority neighborhoods that would attract tourists. And nobody is getting pulled out of their cars at red lights just for being in the wrong neighborhood. This is the United States, not Brazil. This program is being called discriminatory because it factors race and income level of residents into its determination of 'ghetto' neighborhoods, not just total number of crimes.

All this will do is point gentrifiers and Asian merchants to cheapest real estate.
It's my understanding that it's designed to help the person/persons avoid those neighborhoods, not guide them through it.

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I think most people know where not to go anyway just from the looks of the surroundings
Looks can be deceiving

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It's my understanding that it's designed to help the person/persons avoid those neighborhoods, not guide them through it.
To/through, whatever. The point is that foreign tourists and vacationers don't happen upon unsafe neighborhoods by accident, they usually are there looking for drugs or prostitutes.


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To/through, whatever. The point is that foreign tourists and vacationers don't happen upon unsafe neighborhoods by accident, they usually are there looking for drugs or prostitutes.
Ok...If you say so...

Those dumbass tourist deserve what they get then. The other law abiding tourist/vacationers will have another tool in which to avoid those areas that are deemed unsafe.

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To/through, whatever. The point is that foreign tourists and vacationers don't happen upon unsafe neighborhoods by accident, they usually are there looking for drugs or prostitutes.
Tell that to my friend who was driving in Atlantic City looking for a Bank of America ATM in an effort to avoid ATM fees (yes so lame I know) when he got lost and then the car he was a passenger in got shot at for no apparent reason and he took a bullet in the leg. I mean this is just one story but an app like this could be beneficial to people who don't know the area. I would however like to see the criteria being used. It should be soley dependent on crime rate, if it is really using other factors then I have a problem with it.

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Any foreign business traveler and vacationer driving through the ghetto is looking for drugs, lets be honest here. There are no services or amenities in these poor, minority neighborhoods that would attract tourists. And nobody is getting pulled out of their cars at red lights just for being in the wrong neighborhood. This is the United States, not Brazil. This program is being called discriminatory because it factors race and income level of residents into its determination of 'ghetto' neighborhoods, not just total number of crimes.

All this will do is point gentrifiers and Asian merchants to cheapest real estate.


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Tell that to my friend who was driving in Atlantic City looking for a Bank of America ATM in an effort to avoid ATM fees (yes so lame I know) when he got lost and then the car he was a passenger in got shot at for no apparent reason and he took a bullet in the leg. I mean this is just one story but an app like this could be beneficial to people who don't know the area. I would however like to see the criteria being used. It should be soley dependent on crime rate, if it is really using other factors then I have a problem with it.
yeah. My friend also had a mishap when she was travelling in Chicago I believe when she was younger. She was with her family, and her dad was driving through the city, trying to find a motel, but it was apparently really hard to find one. It was getting late and they finally found one, and the dad went in to ask how much for the night. Apparently the man just said, uh, we don't take families here. It took them a while to figure out he meant that "motel" was just for prostitutes. They quickly left the neighborhood

That said though, it's really up to travellers themselves to plan ahead better for travelling Common sense.
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Discriminatory... Leave it to the NAACP to make such a claim!

What's the big eff'n deal? Foreign business travelers & vacationers are going to welcome this app. Frankly I'm surprised it hasn't been developed before now.
Not that I agree with your perspective either but I'm still surprised how often AA activist groups reinforce the very stereotypes that they huff and puff about. A "ghetto" or an unsafe neighborhood in fact could be composed of people of any ethnicity.

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yeah. My friend also had a mishap when she was travelling in Chicago I believe when she was younger. She was with her family, and her dad was driving through the city, trying to find a motel, but it was apparently really hard to find one. It was getting late and they finally found one, and the dad went in to ask how much for the night. Apparently the man just said, uh, we don't take families here. It took them a while to figure out he meant that "motel" was just for prostitutes. They quickly left the neighborhood

That said though, it's really up to travellers themselves to plan ahead better for travelling Common sense.
Planning is a good thing. Now folks will have another tool to use, to avoid an unguided tour through crime ridden neighborhoods.

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Ah. Good program! I hope it can be used in more things.
It's not exactly Particle Physics to get crime data and overlay it on a map.

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It's not exactly Particle Physics to get crime data and overlay it on a map.
With this new app that won't be necessary.

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