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Old 03-14-2010, 01:18 PM
 
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How safe is shopping at Washington Square Mall and stores along US 40 East of 465? I'm considering a move to New Palestine and am concerned about the safety of my wife and 5 year old daughter when they are out shopping.
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Old 03-14-2010, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Englewood, Near Eastside Indy
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I am over there all the time. East Washington Street is routinely shredded by people who have never even been over there.

In fact, checking the recent crime reports here:

http://imaps.indygov.org/cvc/

shows that in the area right around Washington Square, the overwhelming majority of crime is a result of shoplifting. In fact, people getting mugged in the parking lots of retail establishments on East Washington Street is very rare.

EDIT: Do a search for 60 days back, within a mile of 10000 East Washington to get a good feel for the crime in the area. It really is not as bad as many folks would have you believe. Most of those little incident icons are for shoplifting and car accidents (those show up if you select all incidents).

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Old 03-15-2010, 07:00 AM
 
Location: Englewood, Near Eastside Indy
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It is worth noting, in case you are unaware, Washington Square Mall is not exactly a destination mall. The only reason I ever go there is for Target and Dick's Sporting Goods. The inside of the mall is pretty empty.
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Old 03-15-2010, 09:25 AM
 
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Good to know. Thanks for the info.
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Old 03-15-2010, 03:33 PM
 
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Good to know. Thanks for the info.
You should also know that Washington Sq. isn't a destination mall because a lot of worthless parents use it, and the Cinimark Movies 8 theater across the street, as a cheap babysitter. The new apartment complex just east of the mall/north of Krogers is partially Section 8. It has added to the criminal element in the area. Just be aware of your surroundings and you should be OK.
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Old 03-15-2010, 05:37 PM
 
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Where then is a good area for shopping on the East side?
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Old 03-15-2010, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Englewood, Near Eastside Indy
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Where then is a good area for shopping on the East side?
Depends what you mean by good area. If by good you mean safe, you'll be fine along East Washington. It really is no worse than any of the other major shopping areas in Indianapolis and I would not be too concerned about it. Just use your street smarts. I would say the same thing in Castleton. I would say the same thing in Greenwood.

If you are seeking variety, it really depends what kind of variety you seek. Off the top of my head, there is a Target, Meijer, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, JoAnn Fabric, a couple of local music stores, Dick's Sporting Goods, several banks, and a lot of restaurants. If you are seeking something like a Borders or Kohl's; you won't find one on the eastside.

If you are seeking a destination type mall, Castleton Square (northeast side), Circle Center (downtown), and Greenwood Park (south suburb) are all within 20-30 minute drives from various points on the eastside.
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Old 03-18-2010, 03:55 AM
 
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Where then is a good area for shopping on the East side?
If you don't want to be surrounded by hip-hop/gangsta-wanna be/gangsta types, drive the extra miles to Greenfield for shopping at Walmart and Kroger out there. Prior to me switching to Walmart for the bulk of my shopping, I used to drive the extra miles to the Kroger in Greenfield. Much cleaner store, and much better people. You will have fewer folks using food stamp cards and the like. The worse you will be around in Greenfield is a handful of hillbillies.

For some nice shopping for specific things, it depends what you want. For clothing, I would opt for Castleton Sq. Mall, Greenwood Park Mall, or Hamilton Town Center (or is is Centre?). You can reach Hamilton Town Center (an outdoor mall) by going north on Mt. Comfort Rd. (a/k/a County Road 600 West). This will turn into Olio Road in Hamilton County. Continue north and you will eventually come to Greenfield Ave. (a/k/a State Road 238). Take a left and go over the interstate (I-69) and that mall will be on your left.

For furniture shopping, there are some decent places on the east side. For eating, again, some decent places on the east side, but the fast food places are sometimes staffed and visited by the gangsta/hip-hop types. Again, when I used to go out to eat at the common fast food places, I would go to Greenfield when I lived in New Palestine. Note that there is McDonalds in New Palestine, a Wendy's/McDonalds/Burger King/Mexican place/Pizza Hut express/Subway up on Mt. Comfort around I-70 (the Mexican place is just two blocks north, at 300 North).
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Old 03-21-2010, 08:20 AM
 
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How safe is shopping at Washington Square Mall and stores along US 40 East of 465? I'm considering a move to New Palestine and am concerned about the safety of my wife and 5 year old daughter when they are out shopping.
Everyone avoids the East Side. It's a horrible area. Stay out of there. And I don't want to hear any b.s. about how wonderful and lovely Irvington is - it isn't.
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Old 03-21-2010, 08:28 AM
 
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If you are seeking a destination type mall, Castleton Square (northeast side), Circle Center (downtown), and Greenwood Park (south suburb) are all within 20-30 minute drives from various points on the eastside.
Castelton is not a destination mall. It's just a decent ordinary mall. Keystone at the Crossing is a destination mall, to the extent that such exists in Indy. Under no circumstances is Greenwood (Indy's Mississippi) a destination mall. Circle Center is a downtown mall, so it has a novelty to it. Clay Terrace is a nice outdoor walking mall.

Everything in Indy that matters starts at Broad Ripple and goes North.
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