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Old 04-22-2007, 05:06 AM
 
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska (moving to Ohio)
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What cities would just seem to be very troubled and have alot of social problems going on with (high rates of violent crime, high-levels of deep poverty and just overall alot of problems.

Here is my list...

-Minneapolis, Minnesota: Alot of the city is very nice and very well-kept but the neighborhoods just north of downtown are very, very rough and its not a small area a good 30+ square miles of Minneapolis is very run-down, poverty-ridden and blighted. The twin cities is overall one of the nicest and well-kept metropolitan areas of the country but much of Minneapolis especially alot of the northern areas of the city are extremely, extremely violent and impovrished. Lots of boarded-up homes also in North Minneapolis because its such a concentrated area of violence and absolute destitution in the middle of a very nice metro area.
Also, in North Minneapolis because of the lack of oppurtunity and Minnesota culture that tends to ignore problems people are all over sitting and walking around with nothing to do. Overall, Minneapolis is a very, very violent crime city with a tremendous poverty rate that is alot higher then alot of big cities.


-Indianapolis, Indiana: That city is just a mess. Very high violent crime rate, lots of poverty and social problems. It could be a nice place because its very, very cheap and has close proximity to Chicago and neat college-town downtowns (West Lafayette and Bloomington) are close. But overall Indianapolis is a city with a very, very high amount of problems overall. Also, it appears that the city of Indianapolis has many, many neighborhoods which have been going down-hill for decades.

I love how they are so obcessed with trying to have a big city type downtown (Its actually a very boring albeit clean downtown as a whole) that they just let pretty much the rest of the city go to down-hill big time!

-Kansas City, Missouri:The plaza and Westport are very nice but overall its a very, very run-down 300 square miles of sprawl with an occasional nice neighborhood. Lots of poverty and one of the worst cities in the nation as far as violent crime rates go and that is after they have annexed over 300 square miles. Also, a terribly run city overall that doesnt have nearly the tax base of alot of cities because property values are very, very low.

-Pueblo, Colorado: An economic disaster area with high violent crime rates. Back in 2005, Pueblo with about 100,000 people had more homicides then Colorado Springs with 370,000 people (13 in Pueblo, 12 in Colorado Springs).
Very, very high poverty rates also and lots of very-run down neighborhoods.
Pueblo used to be the 2nd largest city in the state but that fizzled and whats left is mainly a blighted city with an extremely bad economy. Since its about 30 miles away from Colorado Springs though will probubly see better days as the housing price difference between Colorado Springs and Pueblo widens. (Pueblo has alot potential, but in its current state is just a very, very deeply depressing city)

-Tulsa, Oklahoma: I talked to a women who lived there who said she just had to get out because it is such a violent crime, unappealing place to live. I have heard from people who lived in Oklahoma City that Oklahoma City has far less problems then Tulsa.

-Dayton, Ohio: Boarded up, Boarded-up, Boarded-up. Seriously, how many boarded-up houses, apartments, buildings can a city have. The city is mainly blighted and the economy is crap. Very, very little oppurtunity in Dayton. Pretty much the only good thing about Dayton is the countryside near it is very scenic and Columbus only an hour away.

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Old 04-22-2007, 05:58 AM
 
Location: NY to FL to ATL
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Miami, Florida. I'm sure tons of people will back that up.
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Old 04-22-2007, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Missouri
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I'm surprised to see you list Kansas City. I was there last fall, spent a lot of time exploring the city, and their "bad" areas are a joke compared to the "bad" areas in Philly, Camden NJ, NYC, and Baltimore.
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Old 04-22-2007, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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1/2 of Prince George's County, Maryland outside Washington D.C. High crime, bad schools, low income neighborhoods all around, lack of a decent police dept. the other half aint much better.

Petersburg, VA- crime, schools, low number of jobs.
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Old 04-22-2007, 12:00 PM
 
Location: So. Dak.
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Tulsa a bad, crime ridden place? Maybe all those cities you listed are a bit rowdy by our midwestern standards, but you can check the crime rate in those towns next to the national average and they'd seem like safe havens to a majority of the people in this country.
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Old 04-22-2007, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska (moving to Ohio)
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2005 Violent Crime rates:

Violent Crime Rate Nationally: 465.2
Kansas City Violent Crime Rate: 1459.2
Tulsa City Violent Crime Rate: 1292.7
Minneapolis Violent Crime Rate: 1454.24

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Old 04-22-2007, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Quote:
Originally Posted by MattDen View Post
2005 Violent Crime rates:

Violent Crime Rate Nationally: 465.2
Kansas City Violent Crime Rate: 1459.2
Tulsa City Violent Crime Rate: 1292.7
Minneapolis Violent Crime Rate: 1454.24
where are you getting these crime numbers?
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Old 04-22-2007, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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Downtown Indianapolis is somewhat 'artificial,' but there is a lot more to do there than downtown Detroit.
Downtown Cleveland might be more authentic than downtown Indy, but you can do a lot more walking in Indy.
Cleveland action is really only a very few blocks.
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Old 04-22-2007, 06:22 PM
 
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Old 04-22-2007, 06:24 PM
 
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Portland has high crime and lots of drug and some gang problems
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