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Old 05-02-2010, 10:20 PM
 
Location: Macon, GA
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Many cities have high crime rates and horrible raw crime statistics on paper, but which of these type of cities do you believe gets a much worse reputation than it deserves (i.e. - Maybe the crime is just confined to a few VERY VERY bad areas, with much of the rest of the city being decent or very nice.

On the other hand, what cities do you believe are more crime infested than the "statistics" suggest?? (and which cities do you believe really does have widespread crime problems over much of the city?)
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Old 05-02-2010, 10:22 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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Orleans Parish, LA
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Old 05-02-2010, 10:26 PM
 
Location: Macon, GA
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Orleans Parish, LA
Really? The way people talk you'd think all of it is a war-zone.
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Old 05-02-2010, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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Los Angeles for sure. Its crime rate is among the lowest in the nation.
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Old 05-02-2010, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Queens, NY
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To me New York City is worse than the stats suggest, places like Brownsville, Southside [Jamaica], etc. can be no joke so a murder rate of 6 per 100k is pretty laughable when I literally see shootings right before my eyes, I know there's a ton of good to balance out the bad but still that rate seems too good to be true. New York City as well as every other city also has their rep from the 1970's-1990's that still lingers with some people. I guess NYC falls under both categories.
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Old 05-02-2010, 10:31 PM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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Newark,NJ - very bad crime is confined to 2 neighborhoods
New Haven,CT
Baltimore,MD
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Old 05-02-2010, 10:32 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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Los Angeles for sure. Its crime rate is among the lowest in the nation.
Really? But isn't Santa Monica and many nice areas considered part of the city of LA? I guess there is a lot of good area to counter south central. All the major gangs that are here in Maryland like MS-13 (the most violent of all), the Bloods and Crips all started in LA and moved here.
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Old 05-02-2010, 10:33 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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I really would say New Orleans as well. The crime presented by the media makes the whole city look like it's a terrible place. When I visited, I myself thought I wouldn't come out alive, but when I got there, it was nothing like I imagined it would be. Granted it has it's bad areas but so does every city, New Orleans is a terrific place to visit.

I HONESTLY do believe the crime rate presented there is VERY over hyped.
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Old 05-02-2010, 10:35 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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I used to live in the New Orleans area and most of it is very safe, all the crime is concentrated in certain areas. Here in Baltimore the crime is everywhere and unavoidable. There is no place in this city where I feel safe walking at night alone or with others, and most people are afraid to use public transportation. In New Orleans that sense of danger was not as palpable. The key is that New Orleans like most cities is able to segregate its crime into specific neighborhoods while Baltimore unfortunately has crime everywhere, even in the nicest parts of the city.

Is St. Louis overhypaed for crime? It always ranks high on the national lists but I've never heard of it being a crime-ridden city at all.
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Old 05-02-2010, 10:39 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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I used to live in the New Orleans area and most of it is very safe, all the crime is concentrated in certain areas. Here in Baltimore the crime is everywhere and unavoidable. There is no place in this city where I feel safe walking at night alone or with others, and most people are afraid to use public transportation. In New Orleans that sense of danger was not as palpable. The key is that New Orleans like most cities is able to segregate its crime into specific neighborhoods while Baltimore unfortunately has crime everywhere, even in the nicest parts of the city.

Is St. Louis overhypaed for crime? It always ranks high on the national lists but I've never heard of it being a crime-ridden city at all.
A couple of years ago when my family and I took a drive from Houston to Chicago, we passed through St. Louis, stayed there overnight, and did our Fourth of July fireworks there as well, the next morning we looked around the city, and it was actually a lot more peaceful than we could have imagined.

That city too is over hyped, I have seen some sketchy neighborhoods in East St. Louis, and some near the outlining of downtown, but some of the other areas were actually quite peaceful.

Another surprise from that trip was that Little Rock, Arkansas was a lot bigger than I ever imagined it being.
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