I work in the tourism industry and have noticed a ton of Europeans who have an interest in visiting hoods (mostly Germans, Dutch, Swedes, and Poles). I have even had some Asian tourists ask me about it.
It's gotten to the point where I'm legitimately considering opening up hood tours. Basically, foreign tourists would pay me to drive them around safely and I would have some contacts so they could get out and visit a corner store etc. or periodically take pictures.
I would start in Oakland (I work in the Bay Area tourism industry) but could see expanding to places like Philly, LA, Chicago, Detroit, NYC (places where foreigners are likely to go or be within a day trip of like Gary or Trenton).
So to foreigners: Would you do a hood tour if you visited America? If so which city?
And to Americans: Would you do a hood tour? Maybe you never saw your cities ghettos or drug dens but have always been curious. Or maybe you want to check out new ghettos but don't know a safe way to go about it.
I have a lot of experience with hoods having lived in a bunch of cities and I could totally set this up I think.
I'm afraid of a PR blowback though. I can imagine some people would not be too happy about a bunch of European tourists taking pictures of American ghettos through bus windows.