Nickname for a neighborhood on the northwest side of Detroit, Michigan. Known as Brightmore since the 1940's, the neighborhood is the most impoverished area in the Detroit metro area. The term "Brightmore Zoo" came into use soon after the song "Brooklyn Zoo" by Ol' DIrty Bastard came out, and is thought to be its genesis. The neighborhood is called the zoo due to an extremely high crime rate, an overabundance of crackheads, and the fact that most people who live there seem to be more akin to animals rather than to human beings. I should know. I grew up there.

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