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The World's Most Dangerous Cities?

The world's most dangerous cities, according to CNN: Karachi, Caracas, Baghdad, Cape Town, Moscow. And Detroit?

CNN explains its methodology:

Cited from data collected by Mercer's latest global report on personal safety and Foreign Policy magazine's most recent report on murder rates, as well as reports by Forbes and security watchdog Citizen's Council for Public Security (CCSP), we have compiled a list of those considered among the most dangerous.

On April 6, Detroit's police chief, Warren Evans, reported that homicides fell 25% in the first quarter of 2010 compared with the same period last year. Hours later, however, came sobering news: Five men had been shot, four of them fatally, and police found another man in a burning car, the Detroit News reported.

On Tuesday, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing presented a $2.9 billion budget that would enable the city to hire 50 new police officers each quarter, starting in July. The police force has been decimated in recent years by budget cuts and retirements. City Councilman Gary Brown, a former top police department official, warned of Bing's proposed hires, “That's nowhere near the number of police officers we need to attract businesses and people to the city.”

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  • 1

    This is an example of how shallow and worthless journalism, reporting and disinformation have become almost criminal(excuse the pun)... lists like these are often inferences based upon survey data and questionable data collections..There is no integrity in impotent lists like these other than tabloid currency.

    Important and really more realistic is crime data and information is based upon the actual security and risk of harm to indivuals.

    None of the data collected nor the lists directly evaluate the ratio or metric about stranger danger and victims.Most victims of crime know thier assailants and many of them are family or friends and associates.

    Factually most people are rarely victms of remote danger or stranger danger criminal acts. Most people are safer with strangers than actual people they have a history or relation with.

    With regard to family crimes and spousal abuse, the victims are at risk often from other family members. and not strangers.Even property crimes have a large variable of victim relation.

    Reporting and information of this nature at end of the day does not make anyone safer it only demonizes entire cities with fiction and disinformation. Yet again Detroit does not deserve this indictment and It is tragic that TIME is a conduit for this type of faulty reporting.

  • 2

    I was not raised in Detroit and it was not until I was in my 30s and a job transfer that I came into the area.

    Talk about a culture clash! I was a "farm boy" unleashed in the big city!

    Suffice it to say that I had never lived in an area that was so huge and congested as Detroit.

    What did I find? True, many areas of the city are in disrepair, and a lot of areas (both physically and otherwise) need fixing. But "blanket" statements that the city is "dead" or "not exciting" are irresponsible at best.

    Detroit takes a rap that it doesn't deserve.

    In very few cities are people as kind as they are in Detroit. It is unheard of for people to be this kind in a large city.

    My work takes me to every corner of the city every day. I've questioned the "Murder Capital" and "Crime Capital" superlatives for a long time.

  • 3

    This is absolutely disgusting journalism by CNN. As a white, blond haired, blued eyed woman, I would never walk the streets of Juarez, Mexico by myself in broad daylight, let alone at night. Funny thing is... This blond haired, blue eyed woman lives in the heart of Detroit and walks around downtown all the time by myself, and guess where I grew up... 30 miles north of the city in a small town that consists of about only 10 square miles. To put the city of Detroit, in line with cities such as Baghdad where there are regular car bombings, IEDs, and people walking around with machine guns is an absolute disgrace. How about those cities where drug cartels are the way of life for people. Yes, Detroit has its bad spots, yes there is crime, yes there are murders, but these things exist in every other major city of the world and Detroit does not deserve to be placed among a list of cities which would be classified as a war zone. For all the suburbanites out there who can't make it past 8mile, you are missing out on a wonderful city with many attributes. The Red Wings, the Tigers, HockeyTown, the Auto Show, the Opera House, the Fox Theatre, Coach Insignia, Wayne State, the DIA, the Detroit Science Museum, the Fireworks, the boat races, the Red Bull Air Races.... You are missing out on a world of opportunities and shame on you.

  • 4

    The Wings, Tigers, HockeyTown,...all in i small area of Detroit that is policed enough to allow comfort. We're talking about a stretch of one street that is maybe a mile and a half long. The boat races are done and the air races have been moved to Windsor for the past 2 years.

    Truth is Detroit is a dead city once the cozy confines of Woodard are left. I have seen too, too much of the endless blocks of burned out homes, empty buisiness corridors, and crumbling decay of a city that once was. I don't know about the "world's most dangerous" tag, but it is really bad. Try venturing off into a neighborhood street off of Gratiot, S. of 7 mile. Or, stop to buy a pop in a corner store in Highland Park. If you tell me you feel secure (even in the day time) I'll tell you you're naive.

    The education system is so broken that they can't even pony up to let a good person try to fix it because he was "appointed by a white person" who lives outside of the city. Past mayors have created a permanant racial aire in the city that seem to suit the residents just fine...just look at who they elect as council people.

    In short, Detroit has become a role model for "progressive" political policy's effect on both culture and economics. It will continue to fail as long as the residents are willing to accept the lies that have condemned them to this God forsaken way of life.

    • 4.1

      A) the air races only began 2 years ago here in the city, the first year it was hosted by the city of Detroit, the second year it was hosted by Windsor
      B)I work in Highland Park...
      C)Detroit isn't Highland Park, they are two distinct and separate cities, each with its own set of governing principles
      D)I never ever said that Detroit doesn't have its problems, I am well aware of them, I live here...
      E)Don't ever give up on something that has so many opportunities lying ahead in the future. Detroit has had its down turns, but it has stood its ground and if people like me continue to believe and try to do the right thing then the city can turn around and be the shining star that it once was.

  • 5

    Interesting how white posters continue to demonize the city and scapegoat the city . I guess when whites indict the city it provides them a way to avoid and deflect thier own cupability.It must be nice..

    BTW given the truth about crime and the reality of a crime victim a white person who veers off the main drag and goes into a mon and pop store to purchase a soda pop or to purchase a pack of cigs would be suprise by the fact no one cares nor will there be stares..

    Of course such a reality rarely takes place becuase so many people both white and black pay to much attention to the propaganda of lists like CNN"s and the fiction of posters like arichter1966..

  • 6

    I'm not sure the race of a poster is relevant. Facts remain, regardless of who states them. Perhaps peceptions differ, but not facts.

    Is it possible that how the Time piece is perceived is biased by where the reader lives or works? I don't think there are many who want Detroit to fail, but would rather see a "comeback". And yes, the problems that need to be addressed are quite complex. How does being critical equate to "avoiding culpability"?

    As I see it, the racial "wall" hinders a lot of the progress. This is just a casual observation and I have nothing to support it beyond my own observances, but it appears as though this wall was built through the Coleman years and there were so many of them that it has stuck. The tactic of creating an "us vs. them" atmosphere is a long practiced approach by many in politics and has long term ill effects in the cohesiveness of a neighborhood, a city, a state or a nation.

    Of course the issues that have prevented Detroit's progress go far beyond race, but that is one that prevents a lot of good change from ever getting out of the blocks.

    I work in and about the city and see the results of the problems. Drugs, violence, jobs, city taxes, poor services, corrupt leaders, ...When will the time come that a new and different approach to solving these ills can be tried. God knows what we've tried in the past has not been working.

  • 7

    The most dangerous cities to live in the world are getting closer home:
    1. Mogadishu, Somalia
    2. New Orleans, LA
    3. Bagdah, Iraq -- our kids are there
    4. Ciudad juarez, Mexico
    5. Detroit, Michigan
    6. Caracas, Venezuela
    7. Phoeniz, Arizona
    8. Tucson, Arizona
    9. Johanesburg, SAfrica
    10. Moscow, Russia
    11. Karachi, Pakistan
    12. El Paso, Texas
    13. London, England
    14. Mexico City, Mexico
    15. Rio di Janeiro, Brazil
    16. Los Angeles, California
    17. Veracruz, Mexico
    18. Houston, Texas
    19. San Cristobal, Venezuela
    20. Maracaibo, Venezuela

  • 8

    The most dangerous countries as a whole:
    1. Somalia
    2. South Africa
    3. Afganistan
    4. Pakistan
    5. Iraq
    6. Russia
    7. Venezuela
    8. Mexico
    9. New Zeland
    10. Rumania
    11. Brazil
    12. Holland
    13. Nigeria
    14. Chad
    15. Congo

  • 9

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