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Old 11-09-2008, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn NY
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I see the homes in opa locka are inexspensive. What's the deal? Is this due to proximity,crime,dirtiness, or a combination of these?
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Old 11-09-2008, 11:58 AM
 
Location: fort lauderdale, fl
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Yes. It is as bad as they say it is. And those that read my posts, know that I often defend bad neighborhoods.
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Old 11-09-2008, 05:25 PM
 
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It's among the worst the entire state has to offer.
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Old 11-09-2008, 09:32 PM
 
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I see the homes in opa locka are inexspensive. What's the deal? Is this due to proximity,crime,dirtiness, or a combination of these?

Opa Locka has a lot of crime and is one of those people were you wanna lock your doors, cars and not walk at night. If you find a cheap area in Miami ask yourself why. Miami's best areas are not cheap!
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Old 11-10-2008, 12:15 AM
 
Location: South FL
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Yes it's bad.

my stepdad use to live there, and it gets crazy.
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Old 11-10-2008, 12:27 PM
 
Location: dallas, texas
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Yes its really bad. Scary and almost third worldish.

However, to its defense I once drove around the area and some parts had lots of trees and nature.
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Old 11-10-2008, 01:41 PM
 
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Yes its really bad. Scary and almost third worldish.

However, to its defense I once drove around the area and some parts had lots of trees and nature.
There are a lot of predators lurking in that lush forest. They come out at night and scare people driving in areas without street lights....

Just keep your windows rolled up and drive on through, then they can't steal your car or try to sell drugs to you...
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Old 11-10-2008, 01:46 PM
 
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Just keep your windows rolled up and drive on through, then they can't steal your car
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Just don't go there. If you feel like seeing a South Florida ghetto at night, check out Carver Ranches in nearby Broward County. Just seedy enough to be fun but just safe enough to make it out alive.

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Old 11-10-2008, 05:13 PM
 
Location: O-Town
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I recommend driving in Opa locka at 2am in a Lexus and a fat wallet in your pocket.

Make sure you stop at all the red lights and keep your windows down as to hear all the nature sounds.
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Old 11-10-2008, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Downtown Raleigh, NC
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Sadly, yes, Opa Locka is one of the most crime-ridden cities in FL, if not the entire country.

My mother grew up there and my grandparents lived in the same house for over 40 years. The place really started going downhill probably in the mid-80s. The last time I was at my grandparents' house before it was sold was about 7-8 years ago and I no longer felt safe going there, even during the day.

It ended up being one of the last areas with housing that was affordable for lower-middle class families, and eventually just lower-income families. Most of the houses are smaller, built in the 1930s and 40s.

It is truly sad because this city used to be a typical American suburb, yet it was built on a vision based on the Arabian Nights. While many of the houses are typical of the time period, it also has the largest collection of Moorish architecture in the western hemisphere (which includes the city hall). My mother and grandparents would tell me how all of their neighbors knew each other, and everyone at the local businesses used to know their customers. This is so far from what it has become. Maybe someday it will be a safe community for lower-middle and middle-class families again.
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