• Memphis neighborhood ranked most dangerous in the country

    By: Jim Spiewak

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    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - One Memphis neighborhood was just ranked the most dangerous in the entire country. 

    The message on a front porch in the neighborhood says, “Don’t let violence rule your life.” 

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    That’s tough to do in the area at Crump Boulevard and South 4th Street.  

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    The numbers are staggering. 

    There's a 1 in 9 chance residents will become victim to a crime in the area, according to a new study by neighborhoodscout.com.

    One third of the children in this neighborhood grow up in a single mother household.

    80% of the children live at or below the poverty line. 

    "You gotta be tough, it's South Memphis," one resident Brian Lindsey. “I hear gun shots through the week. You know around the neighborhood, somebody shooting.”


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    Scratched off lottery tickets on the ground are a reminder that maybe the people living there are just unlucky. 

    Resident Ben Berry blames the kids. “They don't have much positive things to identify with,” said Berry. 

    Census data shows one quarter of Memphians have a bachelor’s degree, something only 3% of the people living in this neighborhood can say. 

    Many of the apartments are empty half the people don’t own a vehicle.

    “The mentality of these kids now-a-days, it’s like a wolf pack. Once they get you down, you down and they hope to keep you down,” Berry added. 

    Cops keep watch, but at some point, the people who live there say there’s only so much they can do. 

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