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Old 04-21-2010, 08:54 AM
 
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Hi there! I lived in Manassas from 1993 to 2003, then moved to Bristow. We left the area in 2006. I know that when we left, Manassas was getting a pretty bad reputation but that there was a group known nationally for their efforts to get things back on track there. For a while, things appeared to be improving. What ever happened? We're coming back and found a house to lease in a quiet neighborhood, but how does the city compare to how is was, say, five years ago?
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Old 04-21-2010, 10:30 AM
 
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I found this on Wiki... sounds promising! Thoughts?

"As of October 2008, police in the city of Manassas will begin checking the residency status of everyone arrested starting December 1. The policy announced is intended to bring the city's practices in line with surrounding Prince William County. Police officers will ask about the immigration status of anyone arrested for a violation of a state or local law. As in Prince William County, police will be able to ask about a person's residency before arrest if the officer has reason to believe the person is in the country illegally. The sudden decline of the immigrant population in Manassas and Prince William County has exacerbated the residential housing vacancy rates in 2008 and 2009. Many homes formerly occupied by large extended families or friends are now vacant. Local real estate investors who advertise "manassas house deals" are seizing the opportunity to buy these vacant, bank-owned properties to renovate and resell. As this occurs, the demographics of Manassas continue to change."
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Old 04-21-2010, 10:52 AM
 
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We have some friends who live in a townhouse off of 234 near the mall. They say that in the last 18 months the local authorities have kicked a lot of people out of overcrowded homes including the TH next door that had approximately ten people living in it. It was sold and is now occupied by just two people. She says that the police have been very responsive to calls about noisy/overcrowded houses and it's improved but it's far from perfect. A lot of non-chain restaurant owners are known for asking all of their staff to live in the same house and the traffic and noise can be bad in those places, one of which is in my friends' street. The police were called out to investigate and a few people were asked to move out, but it's still over the maximum occupation limit. My friends also suspect that the female employees in the house also engage in escort work on the side, but not at the house itself.

From what we saw when we were looking for a house to rent, things have gotten better but a lot more work still needs to be done. My friends are fine letting their kids play outside on their block, but won't let them walk anywhere else without adults with them. They also say that there's a lot of broken glass and trash on the streets nearby that needs to be dealt with.
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Old 04-21-2010, 11:07 AM
 
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Thanks, DownEastB!
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Old 04-21-2010, 11:13 PM
 
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The OP made a thinly veiled inquiry exposing ethnic prejudice and you guys ate it up like lap dogs.

Here's the truth... Manassas has taken a turn for the worse since the county and city police have begun overstepping the boundaries of state police power and unconstitutionally taking FEDERAL LAW into their own hands to harass and intimidate the hardest working residents of the area. Pretty soon, all that will be left will be lazy white and black people. The Hispanics will all move to North Carolina.

How does that sound?
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Old 04-22-2010, 03:50 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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The OP made a thinly veiled inquiry exposing ethnic prejudice and you guys ate it up like lap dogs.

Here's the truth... Manassas has taken a turn for the worse since the county and city police have begun overstepping the boundaries of state police power and unconstitutionally taking FEDERAL LAW into their own hands to harass and intimidate the hardest working residents of the area. Pretty soon, all that will be left will be lazy white and black people. The Hispanics will all move to North Carolina.

How does that sound?

Harass and intimidate? Are you serious? First off, the county and city only responded to both the many complaints from its citizens and to the issues at hand involving illegals. No one is asked their status unless circumstances dictate. No one is just stopped on the street and asked their status as a citizen.
Lazy white and black people? You might be the one guilty of ethnic prejudice.
With that said, if all the illegals moved away it wouldn't bother me but we know that won't be happening. If they become legal US citizens then they are more then welcome here.
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Old 04-22-2010, 04:28 AM
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Location: Arlington, Virginia
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Harass and intimidate? Are you serious? First off, the county and city only responded to both the many complaints from its citizens and to the issues at hand involving illegals. No one is asked their status unless circumstances dictate. No one is just stopped on the street and asked their status as a citizen.
Lazy white and black people? You might be the one guilty of ethnic prejudice.
With that said, if all the illegals moved away it wouldn't bother me but we know that won't be happening. If they become legal US citizens then they are more then welcome here.
This is ONE time where I'll actually agree with you.

tarp, North Carolina is tightening up on illegals too. Just see here.

Union County joins deportation program - CharlotteObserver.com (http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2010/04/01/1348816/union-county-joins-deportation.html - broken link)

I'd think most would probably move to Maryland (Montgomery and Prince George's) since they are doing nearly nothing to control the population. Fairfax County, Alexandria, and Arlington is also very passive on illegals.

For the record, my best friend is a legal hispanic who lives in Manassas. His neighborhood is quite charming.
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Old 04-22-2010, 09:07 AM
 
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The OP made a thinly veiled inquiry exposing ethnic prejudice and you guys ate it up like lap dogs.

Here's the truth... Manassas has taken a turn for the worse since the county and city police have begun overstepping the boundaries of state police power and unconstitutionally taking FEDERAL LAW into their own hands to harass and intimidate the hardest working residents of the area. Pretty soon, all that will be left will be lazy white and black people. The Hispanics will all move to North Carolina.

How does that sound?
You are wrong and I resent the he** out of that comment. My husband is Latino and so my kids are mixed, and although light skinned, our last name is obviously not Anglo. I don't want them to feel pressured by gang bangers because of their name and I know they normally leave the white kids alone and pressure the Latino kids. I'm worried about drugs and gang activity, not race. And YES, when I left there were sometimes 15 people living in a townhouse which made parking impossible. If you'll take the time to read earlier posts, you'll see that I, when looking for a home, stated that racial diversity wasn't a problem. As long as people respect each other, I don't care what color they are. However, statistics show that Americans and legal resident aliens have more respect for US laws than people who are illegal. It's a fact. I don't approve of illegals. My husband is legal and so are all of his family, citizens in fact shortly after arriving in this country in the 80's. If they can do it properly, why can't everyone else? Incidentally, my husband and his family are even more outspoken about it than I am! I don't assume everyone with brown skin is illegal, but you seem to want to lump everyone together. YOU are the one stereotyping, not me. I have a 16 and 12 year old and I'm concerned about their safety.

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Old 04-22-2010, 10:48 AM
 
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You are wrong and I resent the he** out of that comment. My husband is Latino and so my kids are mixed, and although light skinned, our last name is obviously not Anglo. I don't want them to feel pressured by gang bangers because of their name and I know they normally leave the white kids alone and pressure the Latino kids. I'm worried about drugs and gang activity, not race. And YES, when I left there were sometimes 15 people living in a townhouse which made parking impossible. If you'll take the time to read earlier posts, you'll see that I, when looking for a home, stated that racial diversity wasn't a problem. As long as people respect each other, I don't care what color they are. However, statistics show that Americans and legal resident aliens have more respect for US laws than people who are illegal. It's a fact. I don't approve of illegals. My husband is legal and so are all of his family, citizens in fact shortly after arriving in this country in the 80's. If they can do it properly, why can't everyone else? Incidentally, my husband and his family are even more outspoken about it than I am! I don't assume everyone with brown skin is illegal, but you seem to want to lump everyone together. YOU are the one stereotyping, not me. I have a 16 and 12 year old and I'm concerned about their safety.
If you are concerned about your children's safety, why would you even consider moving back to Manassas. Even though the neighborhood may be quiet, the schools have kids from many different neighborhoods. If you are just leasing a house, why don't you lease in Bristow or Gainesville until your kids are out of high school? Although I have never set foot in a school in Prince William County, I would definitely prefer my kids to go to a school in Bristow or Gainesville, than Manassas. I would visit the high school in the area before I make a move like that.
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Old 04-22-2010, 11:04 AM
 
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not to mention 4 suicides at Osbourne during the 08-09 year. I think of that cluster; OP is doable, but Osbourne is solidly below average (and I don't mean on spending). The junior high is bad, even as junior highs go. I've never witnessed a serious crackdown on gangbangers.
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