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Old 06-08-2015, 02:24 PM
 
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If you don't mind me asking OP, where are you from?
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Old 06-08-2015, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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I guess I know what you mean, it gets kinda empty and lots of homeless people just kinda hang out. But I've never experienced anything bad not have any of my friends, at least that I've heard of.
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Old 06-08-2015, 07:20 PM
 
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Hopefully the apartment projects at River South High Street, 250 North High, and The Julian when completed, will help liven up a part of downtown that really needs it. The mixed retail at street level should help as well. These projects that surround the Columbus Commons area is nice to see. This development which is away from the Short North and Arena District was much needed.
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Old 06-08-2015, 08:15 PM
 
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I guess I know what you mean, it gets kinda empty and lots of homeless people just kinda hang out. But I've never experienced anything bad not have any of my friends, at least that I've heard of.
It sounds a bit like Vancouver's Downtown Eastside then. It's not dangerous unless you have to live there, but there is a lot of deprivation.
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Old 06-08-2015, 08:39 PM
 
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No but I just saw a lot of really sketchy looking people around, and the place just FELT menacing, especially considering how early everything closed there. I had to go to a CVS pharmacy to get some junk food for dinner because even Tim Hortons closed at 5 PM.
What do "sketchy looking people" look like?
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Old 06-08-2015, 08:50 PM
 
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What do "sketchy looking people" look like?
Well not just how they look, but the glares and things they say too.
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Old 06-08-2015, 09:18 PM
 
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Downtown certainly could use some more activity and vibrancy, and hopefully the new projects under construction and being planned provide that, but I would never say that it looks or feels unsafe.
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Old 06-09-2015, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Mexico City, formerly Columbus, Ohio
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It sounds a bit like Vancouver's Downtown Eastside then. It's not dangerous unless you have to live there, but there is a lot of deprivation.
Deprivation like what? It's perfectly safe to live there. I'm not sure what the problem is.
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Old 06-09-2015, 12:11 PM
 
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Downtown Columbus is probably the safest major downtown in the Midwest.
I'm familiar with downtown Columbus and Cleveland, and both have had incidents, and I'm not certain which is safer, especially adjusted for activity. Both cities have had problems with inadequate police presences during major events, most recently in Cleveland on St. Patrick's Day.

Fireworks show lacked safety plan | The Columbus Dispatch

I do know that downtown Cleveland is more dynamic, with restaurants and entertainment venues open late. Cleveland has 12,000 residents downtown, growing rapidly. Do you know how many residents there are in downtown Columbus? I really don't know if there are more or fewer residents in downtown Columbus than in Cleveland.

Not being familiar with crime statistics for downtown Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, etc., especially given their often much more vibrant downtown areas, I wouldn't make any statement about the relative safety of the Columbus downtown compared to other major downtown areas in the Midwest. I've never felt unsafe in downtown Chicago, and persons I know who live there have never expressed any concern, even though Chicago itself has a violence problem. Cincinnati also seems like a safe downtown.

If Columbus' downtown is safer, it may be because of the relative lack of people, activity, and potential victims.
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Old 06-09-2015, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Mexico City, formerly Columbus, Ohio
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I'm familiar with downtown Columbus and Cleveland, and both have had incidents, and I'm not certain which is safer, especially adjusted for activity. Both cities have had problems with inadequate police presences during major events.

Fireworks show lacked safety plan | The Columbus Dispatch

I do know that downtown Cleveland is more dynamic, with restaurants and entertainment venues open late. Cleveland has 12,000 residents downtown, growing rapidly. Do you know how many residents there are in downtown Columbus? I really don't know if there are more or fewer residents in downtown Columbus than in Cleveland.

Not being familiar with crime statistics for downtown Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, etc., especially given their often much more vibrant downtown areas, I wouldn't make any statement about the relative safety of the Columbus downtown compared to other major downtown areas in the Midwest. I've never felt unsafe in downtown Chicago, and persons I know who live there have never expressed any concern, even though Chicago itself has a violence problem.

If Columbus' downtown is safer, it may be because of the relative lack of people, activity, and potential victims.
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