By MELISSA WELLHAM
Do you worry about avoiding the ‘bad areas’ of your city? Do you think class warfare has got something going for it? Are you okay with using racially insensitive language to disparage entire neighbourhoods?
If you answered yes to any of the questions above, then we have the website for you! Ghetto Tracker.
Ghetto Tracker is a American website that allows users to rate city neighbourhoods based upon how ‘nice’ they are. Which in turn allows people visiting new cities to avoid the ‘bad’ areas.
This is how it works: You google a suburb, and if it has been deemed undesirable (by the subjective opinions of the few people who have decided to use the website) a red warning sign reading ‘ghetto’ appears on screen. Yep, really.
The website’s original ‘about page’, which has since been removed, explained that suburbs are rated by “locals and people familiar with the area.”
The website was launched only last week, and it’s inspired more backlash in that time than a new Miley Cyrus video. Okay, maybe not quite as much controversy. But people aren’t happy.
When a Hacker News first discovered the app, one user wrote, “They should simply geotag by ethnicity and save people the need to subjectively “rate” certain areas.”
“It’s pretty detrimental to society when we reinforce the idea that poor or crime-heavy areas are places to be categorically avoided or shamed,’ wrote David Holmes in article straightforwardly titled ‘Ghetto Tracker Is The Worst Site on the Internet‘.