Australian Town Upset at Being Compared to Harlem

Harlem has undergone tremendous changes in the past 15 years. Films like “American Gangster” highlight some of the more troubled times, but generally Harlem is seen as the poster-child for a gentrifying community more so than a bastion of crime and terror. It seems Harlem’s international reputation may still has some catching up to do.

According to an article in the Geelong Advertiser, one Australian community is very upset about being compared to Harlem because of its rising crime rate.  Given all the changes that Harlem has endured (for better and for worse) over the years, are you surprised that crime is still a big part of Harlem’s reputation?

3 thoughts on “Australian Town Upset at Being Compared to Harlem

  1. I’ve never been to Geelong, but as a Northern Irish girl living in Harlem I think I’m in a position to defend both Londonderry and Harlem— neither are that bad y’all!

  2. The perception of Harlem will never change because of the media. That writer gets his view of Harlem from the media via news, television,and movies all of which show Harlem in a negative light.
    Don’t forget that crime is still part of Harlem’s reputation.Even though is not as bad as it use to be.
    To change this perception, the visitor have to get off of the red bus and really tour Harlem or they will end up with the O’Reilly’s view of Harlem.

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