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Old 10-29-2012, 02:38 PM
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Hope everybody is doing well. Listen, I am going to be that guy that lays down the same generic story, but without being vague, I'll be rather descriptive and informative to all I know.

My friend and I will be relocating due to work in Los Angeles by Spring of 2013. We both WILL have jobs. Now I've read this forum extensively, and the number one correlation or advice I've seen:
Live close to where you work. Most users or transplants are still unsure of where they will work, so this becomes contentious for them to find a place.

I, unlike the others, have a pretty solid idea of where I'll work, and this is whats probelmatic. I will be working in the rough areas of Los Angeles as part of a non for profit group trying to engage inner city youth.
I imagine south LA, Compton, and Inglewood will be areas I am familiar with in my work, and daily life. Obviously, I'd prefer to live somewhere quiet, and less prone for violence/illegal activity. I will have access to a car,
but in all honesty, I'd prefer to take public transportation to work. My job would be like a 9 PM to 5 PM job, but I will be traveling alot to get to various Youth Groups, and places for kids to go and be safe. I heard public parking is not ideal, but I've heard public transportation is pretty slow. Any suggestions on living areas nearby rougher neighborhoods, and or car vs bus/subway would be helpful.

Next important question - how much can we afford? Two people, we can pay prolly 1300-1600 a month.

Any advice would be great!
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Old 10-29-2012, 02:45 PM
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Culver City
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Old 10-31-2012, 11:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Charles View Post
Culver City
The above is right.

The cheaper and less safe but still not really dangerous would add

Inglewood (west is better)
South Gate (east is better)
LA neighborhoods just east of Culver City (excluding the Jungle)
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Old 10-31-2012, 11:36 AM
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
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Also Gardena would not be a bad option. It's a bit closer to where you want to be, but I would say it's not as rough as Inglewood, South Gate, or Wilmington. It's actually fairly centrally located (it's in between the 105, 405, and 110 freeways), is well connected to public transportation, and has some fairly good neighborhoods (best being near El Camino Village and South Gardena). I grew up in this area (parents still live there) and always felt fairly safe walking around even at night as a young blond female. There are some rough parts, however, and those are easily avoided.
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