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Old 03-12-2011, 08:39 AM
 
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I just learned that Del Ray was its own town - the Town of Potomac - from 1908 to 1930, whereupon it was annexed by Alexandria.

Perhaps we should thank Alexandria for sparing us from having to ask if someone means Potomac, VA ("you know, the unique one with the banners") or Potomac, MD ("you know, the suburban one in Montgomery County")!

Plus, if it stayed its own town, it would probably have its own police department, and then Mount Vernon Avenue would be a speed trap for the local police department, just like Maple Avenue in Vienna.

As to safety, the heart of Del Ray seems quite safe to me, though the area right around and north of the Birchmere does seem a bit sketchy at night.

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Old 03-12-2011, 09:35 AM
 
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This area is very safe for an urban area. As Robbobbo said, more Rosemont than Del Ray. I lived in this area for several years and had no concern walking to shops in Del Ray, grocery store on Monroe, etc. Depending on where you end up, I wouldn't necessarily recommend using the path that runs along the Metro by GW field at night. It's better lit now, but I always felt much safer sticking to the main sidewalks. Also, you'll be perfectly safe rolling/strolling tots into Old Town to enjoy the nice waterfront parks (1-2 mi walk) -- such a great amenity -- during the day but you might not want to make this walk late at night (somehow, I don't think that will be too much of an issue, though). [that area is rapidly improving but not quite as safe as other parts of Old Town or Rosemont/Del Ray]

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Old 03-12-2011, 02:06 PM
 
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Arlandria is not the only risk to consider with Del Ray. In Del Ray itself, particularly closer to Route 1--which agents consistently told us to stay away from and get closer to Mt. Vernon Av.--if you walk around those areas and see the mix of properties' condition, etc., I think you will see why they have those opinions. Further, as the excellent and very fair article Carlingtonian linked points out--which identified a lot of strengths of the area as well--within Del Ray proper (not Arlandria), there is a history of transitioning that has nothing to do with Arlandria.

People tend to base their subjective assessments of "safe" based on whether they personally have experienced any break-ins or assaults, rather than on statistics based on all people's experience in a given area. The problem with getting 4 or 5 people's opinions, obviously, is that you have a biased sample. And, if a person who gives you a blanket "safe" assessment experiences a burglary or car break in the next day, all of a sudden that person may give you a "not safe" assessment. Men also often use a different definition than do many women (and parents), for personal safety reasons.

That's why several of us have strongly suggested that you check out the crime reports for yourself and apply your own standards, and that you visit and walk around the neighborhood at various times of the day and night, before coming to your own decision.
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Old 03-12-2011, 04:14 PM
 
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Here's another site that might interest the OP:

Crime Report: Burglary on East Uhler - Del Ray, VA Patch
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Old 03-12-2011, 08:42 PM
 
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Yes its safe, grew up all over NOVA and especially all over the city of Alexandria. Sure it might have some "gritter" hoods around it chirilagua, etc (not hear to discuss if that is part of del rey) but its safe. Use common sense and you will be safe 99.9% of the time in NOVA
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Old 03-13-2011, 01:25 AM
 
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Yes its safe, grew up all over NOVA and especially all over the city of Alexandria. Sure it might have some "gritter" hoods around it chirilagua, etc (not hear to discuss if that is part of del rey) but its safe. Use common sense and you will be safe 99.9% of the time in NOVA
For those who don't know, Chirilagua = alternate name for Arlandria.
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Old 09-17-2013, 11:24 AM
 
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I know this thread is old, but I would like to speak of the subjectivity of "safe". People that have lived in NOVA most of their lives tend to have a very different view of dangerous. There is an area in Falls Church called Pimmit Hills that everyone calls the "ghetto". In NYC it would be a wonderfully safe area. I have lived in the Bronx, multiple parts of NOVA, and East London. Everything in NOVA is safe in comparison to most places, it may just not be safe in comparison to the other parts of NOVA. Without offending anyone, if you have any experience in a dodgy area you will feel like it is Sunny Brook Farm.

I will say that the comparison does get to you though since I think there are areas around Alexandria that I would not like to go to (because I am used to Vienna and Burke), but when I lived in East London grown men did not want to walk down my street at night (which I did alone regularly).
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Old 05-27-2014, 07:06 PM
 
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As an immigrant (legal ) to the US and Del Ray, from Europe, I admit I struggle with the "safe" issue. It isn't how we rate neighbourhoods there - except for some very dodgy inner-city areas, maybe. So my opinion is skewed - but I love Del Ray, it's quirky and funky and there are gardens and kids and dogs... and people converse! I am happy to live here.
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Old 05-27-2014, 07:39 PM
 
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Del Ray "proper" is still fine and Rosemont to the west is solid and a convenient midpoint between Del Ray and the King Street Metro. If one is comfortable in working-class environments then Arlandria is okay as well. Never had a problem walking through there during the daytime; it probably wouldn't hurt to exercise mild street wisdom at night.
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Old 05-28-2014, 07:16 PM
 
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The most dangerous part of living is Del Ray is answering the front door when someone rings the bell. :|
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