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Old 04-11-2007, 12:26 PM
 
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Thank you for letting me post on this site, I have a quick query.

In my many travels around the state, I've noticed a trend. Why does the majority of the populace from the Eastern 3rd of the state look down their collective noses at us out here in the great 3rd District on the plains? I've been around quite a while, and it is something I've been meaing to ask for a while. When travelers stop at the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, the Hastings Museum of Natural and Cultural History, watch the Great Whooping Crane Migration or any other of hundreds of things, they don't have to lock their car doors at stop lights, worry about looking at people the wrong way, etc.

But when you drive through the Capital City or the Den of Inequity that is Omaha these are ALWAYS an issue. So why do these people always try and make us feel inferior, it's not as if we are driving horse and buggies out here.

Thanks for your input.
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Old 04-11-2007, 01:30 PM
 
Location: West Omaha
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I don't really have an answer for that. Its nothing new though and it isn't limited to Nebraska. There has always and will always be a tendency by many metro dwellers to label rural and outstate citizens as under educated or "hicks". On the other hand, many people living in outstate Nebraska tend to label the city dwellers as "city slickers". Both characterizations are incorrect, but they will both continue to be used.

I grew up in a very very small town and tended to believe this of Omaha and Lincoln inhabitants (when I was 12). After moving to the Lincoln and Omaha area it dawned on me that my characterization, for the most part, was incorrect. I would also add that I live in Lincoln, will be moving to Omaha soon, and I do not look down my nose at people from rural areas. But, when I go back home (or to other small communities) I often feel the reverse of what you're talking about. Many people characterize me as a "city slicker".

I just really think its a combination of insecurity on one hand and ignorance on the other, but that's kind of human nature!
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Old 04-11-2007, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Downtown Omaha
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Thank you for letting me post on this site, I have a quick query.

they don't have to lock their car doors at stop lights, worry about looking at people the wrong way, etc.

But when you drive through the Capital City or the Den of Inequity that is Omaha these are ALWAYS an issue.

Maybe because of comments like that about Omaha being a Den of Inequity or that you're not safe or have to worry about how you look at people. It's not like that.
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Old 04-11-2007, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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I actually almost posted the same thing as DTO Luv. Den of Iniquity? Omaha? I don't get it.
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Old 04-12-2007, 04:22 PM
 
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My in-laws live in Plattsmouth. Four years ago they stopped driving themselves when they have a medical appointment in Omaha at Bergen Mercy Hospital or elsewhere because of an incident at a stop light. They now have a good friend who is a Cass County deputy sheriff drive them. He always wears his uniform and a gun. Even he says he wouldn't drive in Omaha under any other circumstances. Sad, really. I used to work in the heart of downtown Omaha and never felt unsafe. That's no longer true.
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Old 04-12-2007, 04:42 PM
 
Location: West Omaha
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Are you serious!! Omaha is a safe town...period! Its too bad you had a relative have a "situation" and although I don't know what the situation entailed it is unfortunate. That said, it is only ONE situation. That is by no means indicative of the entire city. Omaha is a very safe town and the thought that you have to be escorted by an armed and in uniform police officer is reactionary and overkill at its finest! Seriously, this is just laughable. Are you really suggesting that downtown Omaha can only be navigated with an armed guard??!!
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Old 04-12-2007, 05:32 PM
 
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The last time I was in downtown Omaha I certainly wanted an armed guard. My wife and I were accosted not once but twice by sleazy looking young thugs "requesting" spare change. The second time, the pair actually followed us back to our car. And our friends and relatives told us our experience wasn't at all unusual. A lot of people avoid downtown Omaha these days.
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Old 04-12-2007, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska (moving to Ohio)
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Im sorry but Ive walked around Omaha during the day-light. Ive walked along 24th street, Leavenworth even North 16th. It looks very blighted in those areas, but I never had a problem.

In fact in rough, rough North Omaha I remember I was walking down Florence street and many people were sitting on their porches and grilling food outside. If North Omaha is so bad how come people arent sitting in there basement with bars over the windows worrying. Because a vast majority of the violence in North Omaha is not random, they have had some instances over the years but Omaha for having 425,000 people in the city proper has a very low violent crime rate for a midwestern city. In 2005 even Lincoln has a higher rate.

North Omaha is almost paradise compared to the Prospect area of Kansas City or Lyndale and Lowry Ave. in North Minneapolis.

Some areas of Omaha have problems at night and I would walk down 24th street after the sun goes down, but overall almost all of Omaha is safe during the day.

Omaha actually has lower violent crime rate then Lincoln.

I have had far more problems in Lincoln then Omaha.

Two people panhandling for spare change in Omaha is nothing compared to Lincoln.

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Old 04-12-2007, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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The last time we were in Omaha we took my 87 yr old mother-in-law along to the Old Market. I felt as safe as I do at home. Your concerns are way overblown. I too am sorry your family members had an incident, but good grief! I don't think you need an armed guard in downtown Denver, let alone downtown Omaha.
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Old 04-12-2007, 06:56 PM
 
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Earon5,

Why don't you grow up! There is no need whatsoever for that type of crap.

Wood it be better for you if I said it was the Land of Rainbows & Gold Paved Streets? What do you expect to happen with the casinos 500 feet away as the crow flies? Noone said you had to agree with me I was just proposing a question based on my observations.
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