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Old 05-01-2009, 09:13 PM
 
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I was told that the south side of DC is the side that has a bad reputation, and that the North side is just as safe as living in Arlington - Alexandria? Is this true? I know safe is relative , but your opinion please?
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Old 05-01-2009, 09:21 PM
 
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I was told that the south side of DC is the side that has a bad reputation, and that the North side is just as safe as living in Arlington - Alexandria? Is this true? I know safe is relative , but your opinion please?

DC is laid out in quadrants...NW, NE, SE, and SW. The only part I would even consider would be upper NW, which is VERY, VERY expensive.
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Old 05-01-2009, 09:50 PM
 
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Parts of SE are getting rebuilt, arent they?
Around the stadium...
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Old 05-01-2009, 10:42 PM
 
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Are you asking because you're considering buying a home there, or because you're trying to gauge which parts of the city are safe to visit? If you're thinking of moving there, then don't forget that the DC public schools are dismal at best. With two small children, you'll want to consider whether you'd want them in the public schools in DC proper or if you'd need to budget for private school.
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Old 05-01-2009, 11:26 PM
 
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SE is still a dump. You wouldn't want to live there.
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Old 05-02-2009, 04:44 AM
 
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Parts of SE are getting rebuilt, arent they?
Around the stadium...
I work near the stadium. It is much better than it was 8 years ago when I first started working there and we were watching drug busts from our office windows, but it is going to be a LONG time before it is safe to live. It is fine walking around during the day going to get lunch, but that's about it. Stay out of SE and SW for living. NE can be okay in parts, NW is fine.
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Old 05-02-2009, 06:23 AM
 
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Northwest DC is great, but you'll need at least $700K for a tiny, older house that requires massive updating, and then you'll have to pay for private schools. And you probably won't get a garage.
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Old 05-03-2009, 11:23 AM
 
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We lived in the Palisades (sp?) while we were waiting for our house to be ready. We rented a little townhouse right on the reservoir. I think that's in the northwest part of DC, but I could be wrong.

I loved it and never felt unsafe. But it wasn't somewhere I could have lived for more than a few months. The townhouse was very, very expensive and way too small for our family. There was no yard at all, and that's important to me. And we would have had to send the kids to private schools.

But it was a really, really neat area. If we didn't have kids, we might have considered staying.
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Old 05-03-2009, 12:53 PM
 
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In general is DC safe? I'd say yeah. There are bad parts in every section. There are good parts in every section too. In NE and SE you have Capitol Hill which is turning into a nicer place to be. In SW there's the Waterfront neighborhood which is also turning around. There are parts of NW where I've been told to be careful like in Columbia Heights. That too is an up and coming neighborhood, not perfect but still looked alright to me.

At the same time right next to the Capitol Hill neighborhood you have Trinidad in NE, which from my understanding was blocked off by police after a series of shootings in like one weekend.

There really isn't a northside or southside to DC it's about the quadrants though. NW overall is the safest. The only thing about living in the city is that it's soooo expensive especially with kids. I'd say Arlington might be a more affordable bet. Although if you don't have a car then DC is a better choice.
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Old 05-03-2009, 01:37 PM
 
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You may also want to ask this question (or read similar ones) on the Washington DC forum itself:

http://www.city-data.com/forum/washington-dc/.
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