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Old 04-08-2009, 01:45 PM
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I have and they felt at home, almost.
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Old 04-08-2009, 02:29 PM
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Originally Posted by breeze823 View Post
Seriously?? Atl has no gang areas? Ok fine. You all can travel your safe "bad areas" because I am way loopy for thinking they aren't safe for outsiders..carry on as you were. These are just my own silly little "personal antecdotes"...wow, I'm way outta line. I think I should enroll my kids into the ghetto schools too, woohoo!
Who said Atlanta doesn't have gang areas? I just asked how you would know where to find them...the locations of gangs here is not common knowledge and I would have no idea where to even start looking. You do know that economically depressed areas and gang areas are not one in the same, right?

I think you over reacted a bit...I just asked you a question. What are the "bad areas" in Atlanta and where would one find gangs? And what do your kids have to do with anything?
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Old 04-09-2009, 09:10 PM
Location: Cold Frozen North
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Originally Posted by breeze823 View Post
Oh well heck, guess everything I've heard about gang bangers being monsters is all false. Next time we are in Atl, we'll just head into the jungle and have a road side picnic, right smack dab in the middle of gangland. I'm sure nothing will happen.

Once while living in Missouri, we drove up to KC for bbq, took a wrong turn and ended up in the projects. We saw two police officers on foot and stopped to ask them how to get to where we were going. They told us "you do know that you are in the projects and you need to get out of here NOW"...guess they were exaggerating about our safety being in jeopardy.
A similar situation like this happened to a couple of friends of mine when they took a wrong turn and bumbled their way into Cabrini. One of the cops gave them an escort out and told them in no uncertain terms '...you don't belong here, stay out and never come back'. That would definitely be a wakeup call for me.
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Old 04-09-2009, 09:51 PM
Location: Tennessee
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Originally Posted by Dingler View Post
For years now we have been taking out of town visitors to around the Washington DC Metro area. They are impressed with the many huge trees, parks and beautiful large homes in places like Northwest DC, Potomac and Great Falls, VA. Finally a relative said they had seen enough nice area they wanted to see SE DC where people live in Poverty and there is alot of crime, drugs and people hanging out on the street corner.

Well we took them to the worst side of DC and they liked it. It was a good description of the human condition and showed how many people live.

I recommend showing visitors the bad side of town, do you agree?
One time, before I lived in the DC area, I was there for a business trip. I don't remember what year it was but it was the same time Nelson Mandela made his first visit to DC after being freed in Africa. Anyway, a friend and I decided to take a night bus tour since we were tied up at work during the day. The bus picked us up at our hotel and then stopped and picked up other passengers at their hotels. We saw all of the tourist sights and as I recall only got out of the bus at the Iwo Jima statue. Since we were the first on, we were the last off on the way back. As the bus was taking us back to our hotel the driver decided to go through the R street area. All of a sudden right in front of our bus, cops swarmed from out of nowhere, hopped out of their cars and made an arrest of a group of people. It was the most exciting part of the tour.
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Old 07-12-2009, 02:50 PM
Location: Willowbrook, Houston
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I wouldn't mind taking visitors through Houston's ghettos because it'd be a history lesson. I'd explain to them how Houston's hoods have interesting culture and history connected to them. They'd get to have a good serving of Timmy Chan's and Frenchy's and of course I'd take them on a ride through Houston's notorious hoods. They'd probably marvel after it's all said and done. I reside in a notorious part of Houston.
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Old 07-12-2009, 03:00 PM
Location: St Paul, MN - NJ's Gold Coast
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Always.. My high school is around the worst part of the city.
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Old 07-12-2009, 03:17 PM
Location: Lancashire, England
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I stayed with a friend who lives in South Phildelphia for a few days last month. I loved it there and felt pretty safe walking round on my own in the daylight; was out of the house at 6am to walk round taking photos in the neighbourhood every day for a couple of hours. We also went into a local bar where we rather stood out from everyone else there but we had a really good hour's stay, lots of fun.

I'd rather visit interesting places even if they are rundown than places that have been regenerated and gentrified.
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Old 02-02-2010, 08:44 AM
Location: the Great Lakes states
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When I lived in Chicago, it happened pretty naturally... because if the traffic on I-94 is bad, its easier to get off on 87th and go west through the city instead of winding through heavy traffic on the interstates.

So, some of my of my out-of-town guests got to see a lot more "city life" than they bargained for. They still talk about it years later! And 87th by far isn't the worst in the city.
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Old 02-02-2010, 09:27 AM
Location: Pasadena
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This is an easy question for me since I live in the bad side of town Pasadena has areas that the poorer people live in but it isn't particularly dangerous compared gang areas in Los Angeles. There are gang members where I live but for the most part they don't bother with me [they gave up a long time ago trying to get me to join].

It's the opposite for me. When relatives come to visit we take them to the nice parts of Pasadena.
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Old 02-02-2010, 12:01 PM
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Originally Posted by ChiMack View Post
79th doesnt go through Englewood, i think you should go back to Iowa or look on a map dude
Oh jeez, get over yourself, dude. 75th, 79th, not a whole lot different down there. If it helps you sleep better at night we did circle back through Englewood on our way back to the expressway.
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