September 6, 2013
The Real Problem With a Service Called ‘Ghetto Tracker’

A service called “Ghetto Tracker” appeared online at the beginning of this week and quickly drew criticism for its racist and classist overtones. Shortly after, the site was renamed “Good Part of Town.” Its creator, who would only identify himself as a 30-something-year-old in Tallahassee, told Gawker: “This was originally seriously developed as a travel tool and the name ‘Ghetto Tracker’ was meant to be something that people would remember.”
The basic premise of Ghetto Tracker/Good Part of Town — to crowdsource travel advice – actually isn’t so outrageous, but the framing, even without the word “Ghetto” in the name, and the intention — to label whole geographic areas as “good” or “bad,” “safe” and “unsafe” — make the operation distasteful.
Read more. [Image: GhettoTracker.com via Gawker]

The Real Problem With a Service Called ‘Ghetto Tracker’

A service called “Ghetto Tracker” appeared online at the beginning of this week and quickly drew criticism for its racist and classist overtones. Shortly after, the site was renamed “Good Part of Town.” Its creator, who would only identify himself as a 30-something-year-old in Tallahassee, told Gawker: “This was originally seriously developed as a travel tool and the name ‘Ghetto Tracker’ was meant to be something that people would remember.”

The basic premise of Ghetto Tracker/Good Part of Town — to crowdsource travel advice – actually isn’t so outrageous, but the framing, even without the word “Ghetto” in the name, and the intention — to label whole geographic areas as “good” or “bad,” “safe” and “unsafe” — make the operation distasteful.

Read more. [Image: GhettoTracker.com via Gawker]

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    This shit is OC! The name blew me…..
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    What?
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    What about those of us that LIKE visiting the hoods in various cities ? They don’t stare when you go to the mall in the...
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    Why does this really exist?
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    People just…
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    Uhhhh. No. Fuck this.
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    I feel like people that are getting offended by this have never traveled to a bad area/think that the police will fix...
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