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Old 04-12-2007, 02:30 AM
Location: Chicago
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I'm traveling to miami for a few days.
Is it safe to take the train from coral gables to downtown? I read that areas around downtown are shady. Which parts of the outskirts of downtown should i avoid.

I'm from chicago, so i do take public transportation often, but I avoid certain areas when i can.

Old 04-12-2007, 08:28 AM
Location: Miami
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Overall the metro rail is safe. Incidences have happened usually at night though. Yah, the downtown area as a whole is just dirty and full of electronics mom and pop stores. The homeless live in downtown a few blocks west of the American Airlines Arena, they may not bother you, but I wouldn't walk through there just incase. IMO wouldn't walk in downtown late at night either...
Old 04-12-2007, 08:50 AM
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anyone know anything about the area around the David Lawrence Jr. K-8 center on Bay Vista Blvd in North Miami? I may take a job there. but i'd like to know about the area. thanks
Old 04-12-2007, 09:36 AM
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I grew up in Perrine, east of the highway and south of Palmetto bay. That's not a city. It's an area. It's a nice area if you can afford the houses! My parents moved there when it was the boonies.

Probably true of cutler ridge and areas south same as what someone said about westchester - more middle class, but due to the housing prices, probably a $300,000 house is below the standard you will find elsewhere.
Old 04-21-2007, 12:29 PM
Location: MIAMI
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That school was just built most of the schools in north miami are similar majority of the schools are bad K-8 they put elementary school kids in the same building as midddle school kids thats a bad idea
Old 04-23-2007, 08:29 AM
Location: Chattanooga
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Originally Posted by bonks427 View Post
anyone know anything about the area around the David Lawrence Jr. K-8 center on Bay Vista Blvd in North Miami? I may take a job there. but i'd like to know about the area. thanks
I'm pretty sure the school is located next to the FIU Bay Vista campus just off Biscayne Blvd. & NE 135 St. Its a decent area tucked away from the hustle & bustle. Your housing options depend on what type of place you're looking for, but the location is close to the beach, Hollywood/Ft Lauderdale, and central Miami.
Old 04-29-2007, 08:14 AM
Location: Indiana
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I live in the city of Homestead and love it! Just a few blocks from me are the tropical fruit groves, vegetable fields and nurseries. I do have a commute of 22 miles to work each day, but I can't afford to live in Coral Gables or South Miami. I have a small house on 1/2 acre in a quiet neighborhood on the northwest portion of the city of Homestead. The houses in my neighborhood were mostly built in the 1950's (very strong) with a few homes that were built in the 1920's. Homestead has a real home-town feeling with parades, street festivals, some of the best Mexican food and people who have lived here for 3 generations.
Old 04-29-2007, 08:17 AM
Location: Indiana
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I forgot to mention in my message above, that Homestead is ~ 20 minutes from Everglades National Park, about the same distance from Biscayne National Park, and about 30 minutes from Key Largo, the first "key" in the fabulous Florida Keys! Paradise!
Old 04-29-2007, 05:25 PM
Location: Miami, Florida
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Top 5 Best Neighborhoods in Miami:

Coral Gables/Pinecrest
North Miami Beach/Surfside
Key Biscayne
Miami Beach

Top 5 Worst Neighborhoods in Miami:

Liberty City
Carol City
Lemon City
Old 04-30-2007, 08:22 PM
Location: North Dade
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It's funny, I live in North Miami and I'd have to say there are certain affluent areas. For example, there's Keystone Point & the San Souci estates. Hell, even my neighborhood (NE 135th Street, right behind Biscayne Plaza) is pretty damn nice. Most of my neighbors are Non Hispanic Whites.

But as for best suburbs I'd have to say places like: Pinecrest, Coral Gables, Key Biscayne, Fisher Island, Miami Shores, Biscayne Park, Kendall, South Miami, etc.

Worst: Opa-Locka, Miami Gardens (Carol City, Norland, Bunche Park, etc.) Little Haiti, Hialeah, Libert City, Overtown, etc.
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