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Old 08-11-2015, 09:57 AM
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Howdy y'all.

I have the ability to move into a rent-controlled room about 500 feet south of the 101, off of Temple on North Bixon St. I've heard rough things about Firmin Street, and that the area is still moreorless gang turf. Is this so? I've lived in sketch places in Oakland before, but I thought that LA is a ****load safer. Note: I'm not convinced that gentrification is a great thing to happen for a community, so please don't think that I am, or am asking to be judged. Thought I would just come to you folks as you might know best, given you live in the area.

I guess I am asking, as I would like to be able to walk around at night and after shows get out.

Thanks Reddit!
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Old 08-11-2015, 10:19 AM
Location: West Hollywood, CA
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I think you mean Bixel street?
I don't believe this area is "Gang turf", though it's definitely one of the worse parts of Echo Park.
Judging by my visits, it's safer than most places in Oakland that's for sure
The main reason I wouldn't suggest walking around at night along that area of Temple, is because there really isn't much going on. You or anybody else walking around at that time probably wouldn't be up to any good.
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Old 08-11-2015, 10:57 AM
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Daytime is fine. Walking home from shows on Sunset late at night is not safe. If you want to be able to walk home from shows on Sunset you need to live north of the freeway and east of glendale (or anywhere north of Sunset).
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Old 08-11-2015, 11:02 AM
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This is not a safe area. Gangs operate in that area. It's right near Westlake, which has a heavy gang presence (MS 13, etc.). In the roughly 1 square mile area bounded by the 101, 110, Alvarado, and 6th Street, there have been 4 murders this year and 7 murders in the last 12 months.

I'm not sure where you lived in Oakland, but this area isn't desirable. If you lived somewhere liked East Oakland, then relatively speaking, the area you're looking at may be a tad better, but that's not saying much.

If you were to live in Echo Park, you want to live north of the 101, and preferably above Sunset. Not sure what your budget is, but if you can afford somewhere north, I'd highly recommend that. Not to mention, that location is right by the heavily congested 101 and 110, so you're going to be breathing a lot of particulate matter. So even if the area was safe, not a good place health wise.
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