5 Places the "Avoid Ghetto" GPS Won't Lead You
1 year ago
Microsoft gets patent for software to keep you out the 'hood
Dave Chappelle once joked about being taken to a bad neighborhood against his will. The joke resonated because it's happened to all of us. Luckily for him he was in the back of a limo. For pedestrians, it's a different story.
Luckily for them Microsoft has patented new software that will guide mobile GPS systems away from bad neighborhoods, offering shortcuts and alternative routes around them. The software will use recent crime statistics to determine what neighborhoods classify as "ghetto."
Loop 21 figured it would be helpful to let you know ahead of time, the areas most likely to pop up on the "Avoid Ghetto" GPS.
While all of Flint, Michigan has a reputation of being perhaps the most blighted city in America, the east is especially down trodden. We can't really think of a reason why anybody would just so happen to be walking through Flint, Michigan to get somewhere else, but still, this is good to know.
Vine City/English Avenue (Atlanta)
Vine City has always been an interesting pocket of land in Atlanta. It's one of the most impoverished areas in a city that seems to have left it behind as it tries to present itself as a leading city in America. It sits across from the Georgia Dome and people who park and walk to watch Falcons games are often times caught off guard when they walk through the area and realize that all of those people outside aren't tailgating.
The same can be said for people who find themselves in the English Avenue community when attempting to find a shortcut from the plush Midtown Atlanta area to the Atlanta University Center.
While a good portion of the BK has been gentrified beyond recognition, Brownsville has remained the same for the most part. Meaning, when you are walking to the nicer parts of the borough, make sure you take take any wrong turns and end up where these types of guys call home.
Liberty City, Carol City, Overtown, and Opa Locka (Miami)
There's a reason why none of the travel brochures at the airport mention any of these neighborhoods. And last time we checked, LeBron James said he was "taking my talents to South Beach." He didn't name any of these spots. And for good reason, these areas have long lived in the shadow of the sunshine and glitz that many tourist and rich people enjoy. You don't want to get caught slipping in any of these neighborhoods. Or you might end up like the family in the video above.
Baldwin Villiage aka "The Jungle" (Los Angeles)
That BET reality show Baldwin Hills had the world fooled. This is not a place you want to walk around and get lost in. Yes, there is one nice part, but the rest of it is pretty much like the neighborhood that Alonzo dumped Jake in on Training Day.