Data: Hey any of you guys ever hear of Detroit?
Mouth: Sointenly! It's where Motown started. It's also got the highest murder rate in the country...
In another blow to the Motor City's tarnished image, Detroit pushed past St. Louis to become the nation's most dangerous city, according to a private research group's controversial analysis, released Sunday, of annual FBI crime statistics.Never one to miss a chance to quote my favorite movie, and definitely not one to avoid making a mix for any/every occasion, I uh, well, have a listen - it just kind of speaks for itself. Innit?
The study drew harsh criticism even before it came out. The American Society of Criminology launched a pre-emptive strike Friday, issuing a statement attacking it as "an irresponsible misuse" of crime data.
The 14th annual "City Crime Rankings: Crime in Metropolitan America" was published by CQ Press, a unit of Congressional Quarterly Inc. It is based on the FBI's Sept. 24 crime statistics report.
The report looked at 378 cities with at least 75,000 people based on per-capita rates for homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and auto theft. Each crime category was considered separately and weighted based on its seriousness, CQ Press said.
Last year's crime leader, St. Louis, fell to No. 2. Another Michigan city, Flint, ranked third, followed by Oakland Calif.; Camden, N.J.; Birmingham, Ala.; North Charleston, S.C.; Memphis, Tenn.; Richmond, Calif.; and Cleveland.
EAR FARM's Dangerous Cities Mix
1. "Panic in Detroit" by David Bowie
2. "Meet Me in St. Louis" by Judy Garland
2. "Flint (For the Unemployed and Underpaid)" by Sufjan Stevens
4. "Oakland" by Too $hort
5. "Come Back To Camden" by Morrissey
6. "Birmingham" by Randy Newman
7. "Charleston" by Django Reinhardt
8. "Memphis Exorcism" by Squirrel Nut Zippers
9. "Rumpus in Richmond" by Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra
10. "Look Out Cleveland" by The Band