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Old 08-30-2015, 07:42 PM
 
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Thinking about moving into an apartment right near the Ballston Mall (intersection of Wilson and N. Quincy).

Does anyone have some insight on the safety of this area, like walking your dog around after 10pm on weekends, etc.
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Old 08-30-2015, 07:54 PM
 
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Very safe. North Arlington has very low crime rates.
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Old 08-30-2015, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Chicago IL
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Totally unsafe. Too many millenials.
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Old 08-30-2015, 09:09 PM
 
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Very safe. North Arlington has very low crime rates.
I've heard that the Ballston mall area can be shady, especially at night. Just want to set the rumors straight or look elsewhere
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Old 08-30-2015, 09:49 PM
 
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I've heard that the Ballston mall area can be shady, especially at night. Just want to set the rumors straight or look elsewhere
If by shady you mean the bike share rack is out of bikes, I guess. There's only a couple of bars open late in Ballston so it's actually quite deserted, especially compared to Clarendon (which is just as safe).

If there aren't a bunch of people hanging out outside the liquor store at 7am or homeless people in the parks (like many spots in DC) it's pretty safe.
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Old 08-31-2015, 06:58 AM
 
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I've heard that the Ballston mall area can be shady, especially at night. Just want to set the rumors straight or look elsewhere
Near the mall area there is a bus terminal or station near the Metro station entrance and exit. It can look a little shady to people who are used to a more sanitized Arlington. It seems to have some people that hang around there to socialize for various reasons and serves some of the less affluent areas of Arlington and Fairfax counties.

I use the buses and the Metro station fairly often and do not consider them unsafe though I am careful around the larger groups of teens, mostly because I find large groups of teens to be loud and unpredictable.
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Old 08-31-2015, 07:58 AM
 
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The Mall is a bit rundown and depressing but I've never heard of it being dangerous.
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Old 08-31-2015, 08:20 AM
 
Location: McLean, VA
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As a single woman, I would definitely live there. No problem whatsoever. My friend lives there now, and I've been in the area at various times (even 1 a.m.). I'm pretty picky, but Ballston has never bothered me.

BTW the area is slated to undergo a major renovation. The mall will become an "open" pedestrian space. This might be a few years away. Just throwing this out!
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Old 08-31-2015, 11:49 AM
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Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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Thinking about moving into an apartment right near the Ballston Mall (intersection of Wilson and N. Quincy).

Does anyone have some insight on the safety of this area, like walking your dog around after 10pm on weekends, etc.
I work in the area and just applied for a room nearby myself. I've also been after dark there a few times. I have no concern about the mall area. Probably the biggest concern is wayward teens but otherwise the area is safe.
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Old 08-31-2015, 08:15 PM
 
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Default Somewhat sketchy

My son was robbed by knifepoint in the mall during business hours. After talking to the cop who took the report we were told the mall IS a big crime area due to quick access to the train and streets. Not saying it's Detroit but many assume it's super safe area. Read the arlington crime reports to see for yourself--robberies most everyday and night there. Be smart and don't walk around with ear buds in or your cell phone out.
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