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Old 07-30-2012, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Lake Orion Mi
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Smile Denver Ghetto?

I am finishing up my degree in Michigan and plan to move to Denver when I graduate in June. I currently live in a nice suburb on the outskirts of Detroit and grew up in Flint MI. I am not ashamed to admit that I am petrified of these cities, they are just as bad if not worse than the news portrays them. The main reason I am moving to Denver is because it seems to be a safe city.

A friend has turned me onto this site and after ready many forums I have seen that people refer to parts of Denver as being "Ghetto". Now I understand with a big city comes higher crime and that is fine with me, and I don't mind seeing homeless people or drug addicts or even prostitutes for that matter. As long as they are not trying to harm me I have no problem.

So I guess what I am trying to ask is, does Denver have area's that are legitimately Ghetto with shootings, rapes, murders, etc on a daily or weekly basis.... or is it more like rich people saying there is a "ghetto" because the buildings are tagged and there are homeless people?? Like I said I grew up in Flint and currently reside by Detroit, so take that into account if possible when answering my post.


Thank you so much!!!
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Old 07-30-2012, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Berkeley in Denver, CO USA
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Default Do your research.

Before asking the question(s), you should have spent at least 5 hours perusing this Denver forum.
Your "ghetto" question would have been answered.

¿Habla usted Español?
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Old 07-30-2012, 06:59 PM
 
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Denver has no ghetto as one from Detroit or East St Louis or Anacostia, DC or Chicago would visualize one. There are a few sketchy parts, but otherwise Denver is probably one of the safer places you cold end up. Get a job lined up first, if you can, and come on out.
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Old 07-30-2012, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Lake Orion Mi
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Default No I do not speak Spanish

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Before asking the question(s), you should have spent at least 5 hours perusing this Denver forum.
Your "ghetto" question would have been answered.

¿Habla usted Español?

I have spent the past three months reading all the forums I could about Denver. Out of the hundreds of posts I have read I didn't see anything that really compared the rough areas of Denver to Detroit or Flint, so I couldn't really grasp the connections people were making. I was just trying to get a frame of reference, sorry
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Old 07-30-2012, 07:56 PM
 
Location: Berkeley in Denver, CO USA
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Default Then why didn't you say that?

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I have spent the past three months reading all the forums I could about Denver. Out of the hundreds of posts I have read I didn't see anything
Them why did you not begin your post with that?

We get numerous posts here about Denver and "ghetto".

There ain't no ghetto in Denver.

Not so nice areas. Sure. Think North Aurora.
But, no ghetto. (Unless you think of Hilltop as a "ghetto".)
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Old 07-30-2012, 09:06 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Most of Denver is not scary. The bad parts of Denver aren't places where you would just wind up accidentally; you'd have to go out of your way to be in those parts. There's no reason you would live there unless if you were searching for absolute dirt cheap rents. However, crime can and does happen anywhere, so street smarts are a good thing to have no matter where you live.
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Old 07-31-2012, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Denver, Co
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No true ghettos in Denver at all. There are areas that I choose not to go to, simply to avoid trouble, but if I did go to these areas I wouldn't be shot because of the color of my skin, or the color of my shirt or baseball hat.

As you eluded to above, if you hear someone call a part of Denver ghetto, it's probably some rich white guy from highlands ranch who is scared of by black and brown people, and using the word ghetto in the wrong way...
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Old 07-31-2012, 02:41 PM
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There are a lot of cities out there that are safer than Detroit and Flint. Denver isn't the only one. And I'm sure Denver has plenty of areas that are less safe than your current suburb, and if you don't have any money, that's where you're likely to end up.

If being safer than Detroit is your main requirement for your first home after college, cast a wide net, and search for jobs all over the place. At the current time, I'd try communicating with people to find out where's a good place to find a job in industries that you're qualified to work in. Denver's unemployment rate could possibly be back on the way up. I think there are probably easier places out there to find a job in most industries.

I've found that many posts on this website's city forums tend to exaggerate the "dangerousness" of various aspects of life, by the way.
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Old 07-31-2012, 03:08 PM
 
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I met an acquaintance who grew up in Denver and told me to stay away from Five Points when I asked if there is any place I should avoid crime-wise. Any comments from others on that? I like the location of that area for housing and I'm guessing there are good and bad blocks (?), or not?
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Old 07-31-2012, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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I met an acquaintance who grew up in Denver and told me to stay away from Five Points when I asked if there is any place I should avoid crime-wise. Any comments from others on that? I like the location of that area for housing and I'm guessing there are good and bad blocks (?), or not?

I was told north denver and lakewood but i haven't been to either to know how bad it is. I been to aurora a few times, it kind of depends on the area I think.
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