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Old 08-23-2013, 01:58 AM
 
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Will be headed over to The VEX for a concert (5240 Alhambra Ave. Los Angeles 90032)
I've never been to this area. Looks like it would be considered east LA... right?

I looked on google maps/street view and it "looks" like a far cry from the concert venues in Hollywood or Downtown areas that I am more accustom to. This seems a little more "sketchy".

Can anyone tell me about this stretch of Alhambra Ave and the surrounding neighborhoods just off the main road... what kind of people live or frequent this area? Are there active gangs? Possible dangers to visitors? Is this area known for car theft, break ins, etc?
We would be there at night from 9pm until 1 or 2am. Late 20's, male+female, white.

What about parking in this area? It doesn't look live the place were going has much parking so I guess it will be street parking or even around the corners in the neighborhoods. Is it better to park somewhere on Alhambra or more safe in the neighborhood? Or perhaps better to stay off the neighborhood streets and away from peoples houses?

The tagging/street art looks pretty heavy around here!! I guess I have the misconception of whenever I see a lot of graffiti I tend to think the area is bad or unsafe. Is this accurate for this area or does the excessive amount of spray painted walls have little to do with crime or dangers?


Any insight or info about this area is appreciated. Just want to know what I'm getting myself into and what I should know...
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Old 08-23-2013, 09:39 AM
 
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I lived around there once. Not the greatest. Yeah definitely an area where gangs exist but In guessing you should be ok for the night. Car break in could be an issue.

But given you're demographic, why would you even go to a concert in an area that you think might be dangerous and that you even have to post about. Theres more to life than just fun.
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Old 08-23-2013, 10:01 AM
 
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it's an ok area. i don't think el sereno has ever had a gang problem on the level of highland or glassell park and even so, targeting concertgoers isn't really the best investment of their time

for parking, i think it would be best to park on alhambra as i feel the sidestreets would be kind of eerie if i was already on edge about an area
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Old 08-23-2013, 01:31 PM
 
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But given you're demographic, why would you even go to a concert in an area that you think might be dangerous and that you even have to post about. Theres more to life than just fun.
Sure, I hear ya. This concert is very important to me. The band itself is touring the USA from Sweden (so this is not some local thing! The venue/location is being promoted to all of Southern California!) and this is their only LA (or any SoCal) stop on the tour! I have been a fan/supporter of the band for nearly 15 years. In this time they have passed through Los Angeles 4 times. So this is is not just some typical night of having "fun".

I'm disappointed to see this concert was booked at this location as opposed to more normal/established venues in Hollywood (ie: House of Blues, Whisky-a-go-go, The Roxy etc..)

These guys are coming from across the world to perform at this location. It's hard to fathom I can not travel less than an hour from my house to see them.


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it's an ok area. i don't think el sereno has ever had a gang problem on the level of highland or glassell park and even so, targeting concertgoers isn't really the best investment of their time

for parking, i think it would be best to park on alhambra as i feel the sidestreets would be kind of eerie if i was already on edge about an area

It's weird.. I see photos and street maps and (some of) Alhambra Ave looks like sh**! So ran-down and so much trash and graffiti in the streets. The neighborhoods right off the road look much nicer with kept up lawns, nice cars and houses.



I have seen concerts in Tijuana, Mexico and I have never had this type of concerns.
It just feels like this area of LA gives off a certain vibe, something like.. "if you don't belong here, you have no right or reason to be here" It does not not appear locals would be happy to see visitors.
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Old 08-23-2013, 01:49 PM
 
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I used to drive on that street all the time coming back from SGV to downtown. It was a detour route for when slow-ass freight trains were blocking the Valley Blvd crossing (not a problem anymore with the new bridge).

That area does give off a bad vibe... especially at night. It's kind of dark, quiet, and industrial. Like mentioned above, I would be wary of the car getting broken into.

But chances are nothing will happen since you will be there for only a few hours--just be vigilant of your surroundings. Hope you enjoy the concert.
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