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Old 11-26-2010, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Midtown Atlanta
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Here's a newspaper article from 1986 referring to 21 muggings in two months. I find it hard to believe that there were not crime waves in the area when VaHi was still almost a slum (in the 70s) or shortly thereafter.

Virginia highland muggings Atlanta - Google News Archive Search
Doesn't it make sense though that as the area became more affluent the number of robberies would increase? Don't thieves usually target people with money?
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Old 11-26-2010, 03:00 PM
 
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Here's a newspaper article from 1986 referring to 21 muggings in two months. I find it hard to believe that there were not crime waves in the area when VaHi was still almost a slum (in the 70s) or shortly thereafter.
Well, you got me there. I guess my memory of those days is glossing over the bad stuff. I can tell you that Virginia-Highland was no slum in the 70s and we definitely felt safe. (Maybe safer than we should have felt!)

The neighborhood had slipped a little during the era of white flight but had not been hit nearly as hard as some areas. We lived there in 1974 and our neighbors included a doctor couple, a well known sculptor, some attorneys, a GSU professor and several businessmen. The fellow we bought from was an insurance executive. So it was hardly a dump.
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Old 11-26-2010, 10:40 PM
 
Location: ATL with a side of Chicago
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My brother and his wife live in VA-Highland, and love it. I don't think it should be on anyone's "to be avoided" list, that's for sure. Crimes in Virginia Highland make the news because it's known as an affluent area, and a safe place to live. If crime was commonplace, it wouldn't be an attention-grabbing headline.
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Old 11-27-2010, 06:38 PM
 
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It sounds like the police are closing in on some suspects. It doesn't indicate whether they are Virginia-Highland residents, however.

Surveillance Video Released in Highlands Murder (http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/dpp/news/local_news/Atlanta-Police-Recover-Stolen-SUV-20101126-am-sd - broken link)
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Old 11-29-2010, 06:51 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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My brother and his wife live in VA-Highland, and love it. I don't think it should be on anyone's "to be avoided" list, that's for sure. Crimes in Virginia Highland make the news because it's known as an affluent area, and a safe place to live. If crime was commonplace, it wouldn't be an attention-grabbing headline.
I think the attention-grabbing aspect is that someone was actually killed. Having said that, the Highlands are relatively low in crime compared to other in-town areas (any area in the metro area will have some every day crime, just the way it is). I wouldn't hesitate to live in the area, it is great.
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Old 11-29-2010, 07:03 AM
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It sounds like the police are closing in on some suspects. It doesn't indicate whether they are Virginia-Highland residents, however.
Surveillance Video Released in Highlands Murder (http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/dpp/news/local_news/Atlanta-Police-Recover-Stolen-SUV-20101126-am-sd - broken link)
I'll wager every cent I earn for the rest of my life that the culprits are not Virginia-Highland residents.
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Old 12-23-2010, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Midtown Atlanta
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3 charged with murder in Virginia-Highland shooting *| ajc.com

Sounds like the suspected ring leader for this band of merry thugs has been apprehended. The group hails from an area between Lakewood and I-75.
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Old 12-23-2010, 10:54 AM
 
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What a bunch of ignoramuses. Chief Turner got it right: “Make no mistake,” Atlanta Police Chief George Turner said at a news conference with Mayor Kasim Reed and top investigators crowded around him. “We have removed some very dangerous criminals from the streets of Atlanta.”

I still think Virginia-Highland is very safe. I wouldn't hesitate to live there for a second.
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Old 12-23-2010, 11:14 AM
 
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The leader is 19 yrs old. fwiw. I suppose Va Hi was just convenient but now will become significantly less desirable as a target.

The article also said he would visit day labor sites and solicit volunteers for the day---robbery, murder, rape, etc.
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Old 12-23-2010, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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The leader is 19 yrs old. fwiw. I suppose Va Hi was just convenient but now will become significantly less desirable as a target.

The article also said he would visit day labor sites and solicit volunteers for the day---robbery, murder, rape, etc.
I don't think that's quite what he was saying.

It did quote Turner as saying "[Wise] would go to the labor pool of criminals," and the reporter said that he was "looking for partners to help him with the crime of the day." But, I think Turner meant "labor pool" in reference to the "loose group of individuals who knew each other from the Amal Heights neighborhood" that Keith Meadows was talking about earlier in the story.
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