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Old 03-21-2011, 08:43 PM
 
Location: Chicago suburb
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I'm going to be visiting Long Beach in a week to check out neighborhoods/areas and look at apartments to get a good idea of what to expect when I move out there in June. Just wondering if these areas are good or wouldn't be worth my time to check out.

1. E Broadway and Alamitos Ave
2. E 4th street between Cherry Ave and Redondo Ave
3. E 3rd street between Long Beach Blvd. and Atlantic Ave

And from what I've read, just double checking, anything along the beach, so Ocean Blvd, is good. And also, Naples and Bixby Knolls.

What about the East Village Arts District?

Thanks!! =)
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Old 03-21-2011, 09:37 PM
 
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All are ok. Nothing great, nothing disastrous.

Obv NOT Naples or even Bixby, which are basically 2 of the nicest areas of Long Beach.

Urban areas with urban issues. Not really the place for kids, but fine for adults desiring living near or in a downtown of a large city.

I don't know what the arts district is.
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Old 03-22-2011, 12:35 AM
 
Location: Long Beach
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Depends on if you are family orientated or not.
Arts districts for parties.
Bixby more for families.
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Old 03-22-2011, 11:38 AM
 
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I've lived in one of those locations (3) for more than 20 years. It's a fine neighborhood. I'd say it's improved over the years, changed in not a bad way anyway. It's fairly quiet for being downtown. This neighborhood is located within the East Village Arts District, though just outside the nicer part which is one block south on Broadway. I like it because it's within walking distance of so many things (2 major grocery stores and 2 farmers markets a week, the restaurants on Pine, the main library) and close to public transportation if you need it.

But people see things differently sometimes. My Dad always thought it looked a bit shoddy (?) but my Mom thought it was lovely. Go figure. Hope you find someplace you like!


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I'm going to be visiting Long Beach in a week to check out neighborhoods/areas and look at apartments to get a good idea of what to expect when I move out there in June. Just wondering if these areas are good or wouldn't be worth my time to check out.

1. E Broadway and Alamitos Ave
2. E 4th street between Cherry Ave and Redondo Ave
3. E 3rd street between Long Beach Blvd. and Atlantic Ave

And from what I've read, just double checking, anything along the beach, so Ocean Blvd, is good. And also, Naples and Bixby Knolls.

What about the East Village Arts District?

Thanks!! =)
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Old 03-22-2011, 10:36 PM
 
Location: So Cal
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I'd say 1 and 2 are the better of the group.

Generally, the further you go west of Atlantic.... seems to be more spotty.
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Old 03-23-2011, 01:13 AM
 
Location: Chicago suburb
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Thanks for the information. And to give a little more detail, I'm moving with my friend, we are females in our early 20's from the Midwest, so we are not family oriented. We are open to pretty much anything and just want a place to live, even if it is a ****hole, as long as we can feel a sort of comfort walking home during the night. We are used to the traffic and crime of Chicago. We don't want to live in a conservative family oriented neighborhood but we also don't want to be surrounded by party freaks dealing drugs...
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Old 03-23-2011, 03:07 AM
 
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A late night walk for two early 20's females in that area is probably not such a great idea, particularly after 10pm. Its an urban downtown area.
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Old 03-23-2011, 02:35 PM
 
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Which area? The East Arts District?
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Old 03-23-2011, 03:53 PM
 
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Which area? The East Arts District?
It's been my experience that walking in the East Village after 10pm feels safer on Friday and Saturday nights or when there is a convention in town or maybe some other event in the general area that puts more pedistrians and cars out. But then that's pretty much a given in any area. There is safety -- actual or perceived -- in numbers.

Broadway and Alamitos is right on one of the borders of East Village. The area you mention in your 3rd choice is within the East Village.

Here are some good links to get a feel for the area before you come to visit.

East Village Association

Downtown Long Beach - East Village Arts District

Long Beach East Village Arts District

Crime maps and statistics, if you're interested. The East Village is in the South Division.
City of Long Beach, CA - Crime Statistics
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