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May 23, 2013

No more 'ghetto' tours to the Bronx

A bus tour of New York's historic borough buckles under pressure.
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New York subway train at Westchester Square Station, Bronx. (Flickr/Timothy Vogel)

A New York tour company came under fire when news broke of a Bronx "ghetto" tour. In what many are calling exploitative, the $45 Real Bronx Tour takes mostly European tourists through housing projects and food-pantry lines while emphasising the neighborhood's history of crime and poverty. After an outpouring of criticism from residents and local politicians, the company's website went dark and scheduled tours have ceased.

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