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Old 11-28-2008, 09:44 PM
 
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Hey everyone. From what I've read and talking to people that have lived there, I've heard it is pretty safe for a big city.

I did talk to someone today that said that Denver had a lot of ghettos like NYC (lol, am I wrong, b/c I really doubt that), and they went to a consert where someone got shot and killed.

Any insight or info would be awesome, as this person really freaked out my girlfriend...

Mike (moving to Den in Jan
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Old 11-28-2008, 10:51 PM
 
Location: Denver
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I've lived in the Metro Denver area all of my life. I must say that the city is safer now than it was 30 years ago. Neighborhoods that used to be run down are now very desirable. The economy here is a little better than the national average right now. That may change. There are neighborhoods that are questionable now but there are no ghettos here that would compare with other cities in the US. I guess the term ghetto is relative, but I think the person you talked to is wrong.

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Old 11-29-2008, 12:38 PM
 
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Denver is a RELATIVELY safe city, but it's not crime-free and there are bad sections of town. I haven't heard of the homicide you mentioned, but with somewhere between 40-50 homicides per year in the city of Denver, it's not inconceivable that your friend might have witnesed one.

Koolkat recently posted her experiences moving to a tough section of town (Swansea), and ended up moving on to a better neighborhood in Park Hill. You might want to check that thread out.

I've heard someone say that a "ghetto" is somewhere that no sane person would walk out on the streets in broad daylight or drive a car around at night. From my perspective, I can't think of anywhere in Denver that would fall in that category, though there are a number that I probably wouldn't walk out on the streets alone late at night. I have seen parts of other cities that certainly WOULD fall in that level of discomfort for me, though possibly since I know Denver well I am not intimidated by the my own home town. On the other hand I don't think it takes a sociologist to spot a bad neighborhood, either.

I'd tell your gf that a little common sense will go a LONG way in Denver.
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Old 11-29-2008, 11:50 PM
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Location: The Ranch, CO
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Hello?

Where are you from? I haven't lived everywhere but almost every city has some crime. Big towns have crime all day long. It happens and thats it. Just hope your not the ones in the middle. If you and your gf are that worried, dont move to Denver.

I havent seen anything bad out in CO like Ive seen in CA.
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Old 11-30-2008, 12:18 AM
 
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Where are you from? I haven't lived everywhere but almost every city has some crime. Big towns have crime all day long. It happens and thats it. Just hope your not the ones in the middle. If you and your gf are that worried, dont move to Denver.
I vote this the dumbest post of the year thus far. You don't live in Denver, you have no business commenting on Denver. Period, end of story.
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Old 11-30-2008, 09:46 AM
 
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I vote this the dumbest post of the year thus far. You don't live in Denver, you have no business commenting on Denver. Period, end of story.
I vote this the dumbest post of the year. Just because someone doesn't live within the city limits make them ineligible to comment on Denver.
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Old 11-30-2008, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Lower East Side, Milwaukee, WI
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Hey everyone. From what I've read and talking to people that have lived there, I've heard it is pretty safe for a big city.

I did talk to someone today that said that Denver had a lot of ghettos like NYC (lol, am I wrong, b/c I really doubt that), and they went to a consert where someone got shot and killed.

Any insight or info would be awesome, as this person really freaked out my girlfriend...

Mike (moving to Den in Jan
First of all the term ghetto is relative. I used to live in Southeast Denver near Hampden and Havana and people used to tell me all the time that I lived in "the ghetto." I personally didn't think it was ghetto at all, it was very suburban almost small town feeling. I think people in Denver equate areas with high minority populations as being "the ghetto."

Denver has no real ghettoes to speak of. Montbello is probably the worst part of Denver Metro, but it's waaaay out by the airport, practically in Kansas. It doesn't hold a candle to some of Milwaukee or Chicago's rougher neighborhoods I've experienced firsthand. Montbello is all newer, low-income apartment complexes overran with transplanted gang members from CA. The area around First and Federal is not great either, but I've gone to Chubby's after drinking at the bars all night and didn't fear for my life. At no point in the four plus years I lived in Denver did I ever feel unsafe. I lived near Colfax and Josephine for two years as well and Colfax is not ghetto at all compared to Fon Du Lac Ave in Milwaukee.

Denver's biggest problem I witnessed, that I never witnessed any place else, was the rampant prostitution all over the place. Colfax and Sheridan is Grand Central Station for whores. Cheesman Park is Ground Zero for gay rent-a-boys. Westword and Denver's craigslist are full of ads for "full service" escorts. Chicagoland is about 5 times larger than Denver Metro but their craigslist only has a fraction of the adult entertainment ads Denver's does. I know Denver pretty much owes it's whole existence to being the largest red light district west of the Mississippi, but apparently that's not a part of history they are willing to give up any time soon.

The shooting you speak of happened in Five Points at Cervante's on March 25, 2007 after a Slick Rick concert. The suspects were aprehended shortly afterwards. As far as I could tell from the Denver Post website, none of the victims died. Denver is no Detroit or Phoenix or New Orleans as far as crime goes.
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Old 11-30-2008, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I vote this the dumbest post of the year thus far. You don't live in Denver, you have no business commenting on Denver. Period, end of story.
Said the same poster last week:

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DTC is the definition of suburban sprawl and poor growth planning. If you don't work in DTC there is very little reason to ever visit that end of town; until the Ikea goes up down there anyway.
I vote this the dumbest post of the year thus far. You don't live in DTC/ south suburbs, you have no business commenting on DTC. Period, end of story.
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Old 11-30-2008, 12:57 PM
 
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Vegas, I need to spread some rep points around, otherwise I would rep you! Good points!
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Old 11-30-2008, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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And besides, I think when tew said "If you and your gf are that worried, dont move to Denver," he/she meant the Denver metro area as a whole-- not specifically the city and county of Denver.
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