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Old 07-15-2010, 08:46 PM
 
Location: DC Suburbs of Maryland (by way of PA)
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You're right. I'm not going to persuade many people, but it would make me feel better if I could stop (or make them think twice) at least one person or family from moving here especially people from other parts of the country. If I was not from around here I'm not sure if I would move here but I digress. I always learned that if you are dissatisfied with a business, you tell five other people about the business and they tell five other people and so on and you hope it catches on-same with a city and county. Even if I did say not to move here, people have free will and can move wherever they want. You're are right about urban living, too. People move to suburbs to most crime, which is why I'll probably move near my family in the PA suburbs (although I don't know if I want to move near my family on the Main Line again. The area is full of wanna-be snobs and fake people as most suburbs are sadly but that's irrelevant). Philadelphia has potential but the crime issue is too important for me to ignore.
I -- and I'm sure many other people -- are really trying to understand where you're coming from, but seriously: you're FAR from the first person to ever make a note about the crime issue. Short of living under a rock, the vast majority of people understand that Philadelphia could certainly stand to see its violent crime rate drop. Thus, when someone makes a post like this -- aside from venting -- it comes off as completely pointless and redundant.

I'm sincerely not trying to have a "blame the victim" tone here, because I've noted that I've felt truly sorry for you -- but I think you're intentions are off-base because:

1.) There is no other major city that would not experience a crime like you've described in their downtown (and let's stop mentioning the suburbs, folks -- they're a completely different beast).

2.) You're wanting to "keep" people from moving to the city only hurts the city more. There is nothing wrong with Philadelphia, it's some of the people living in Philadelphia that seem to thrive on violence. You've already admitted that the city has potential. Making a post that seems to sensationalize the crime (which is actually on the decline) really works against its potential.

Sorry for the slight rant, but I'm just annoyed (by what are typically suburbanites who don't step foot in the city) about hearing about the city's crime when no one would propose any solutions or -- perish the thought -- join a task force on urban crime.
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Old 07-15-2010, 09:09 PM
FBJ
 
Location: Tall Building down by the river
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Areas of Philly I know to stay away from

Germantown
North Philly
Kensington
Frankford
Olney
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Old 07-16-2010, 12:06 AM
 
Location: Center of the universe
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Center City can be an annoying place, it has some aggressive beggars and homosexuals, and the occasional drug dealers. I've had black guys follow me for a few blocks trying to sell me drugs (wasn't looking for them either), I think they were looking for people to rip off. Then you got the bums who hound you for a cigg or money. Last but not least is the roving hordes of black homosexuals who are always saying provocative stuff to straight guys. Those are my gripes with Center City, don't think this kind of stuff don't happen either. it does.

So......do you respond to it?
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Old 07-16-2010, 08:24 AM
 
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Well considering he didn't kill you i'd say your lucky.And if you would have just given him your money opposed to being a "hero",he wouldn't have stole the other stuff.Plus any common dunce knows that being on a dark area,in a schetchy neighborhood,and you just seem like the guy who would be wearing a suit,= mugging.The guy was probably scalling you for blocks.As many others have said on this page,no city has a 0% crime rate.Oh and once again,because you played the "hero" your lucky you weren't killed.
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Old 07-16-2010, 09:27 AM
 
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Well considering he didn't kill you i'd say your lucky.And if you would have just given him your money opposed to being a "hero",he wouldn't have stole the other stuff.Plus any common dunce knows that being on a dark area,in a schetchy neighborhood,and you just seem like the guy who would be wearing a suit,= mugging.The guy was probably scalling you for blocks.As many others have said on this page,no city has a 0% crime rate.Oh and once again,because you played the "hero" your lucky you weren't killed.
Are you kidding me? You call refusing to give money to street-beggers "playing the hero"? That's how I read the OP's story.
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Old 07-16-2010, 10:18 AM
 
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The word "sketchy" means vague or lacking details like a pencil sketch ex: "The details are sketchy about the incident in Center City". Sketchy ( or even worse "sketch") is repeatedly used on this message board to describe high crime neighborhoods.
May I suggest these alternatives from thesaurus.com:
alarming, bad, breakneck, chancy, critical, dangersome, deadly, delicate, dynamite, exposed, fatal, formidable, hairy*, heavy*, hot*, impending, impregnable, insecure, jeopardous, loaded, malignant, menacing, mortal, nasty, on collision course, parlous, perilous, portentous, precarious, pressing, queasy, risky, serious, serpentine, shaky, speculative, terrible, thorny, threatening, ticklish, touch-and-go, touchy, treacherous, ugly*, unhealthy, unsafe, unstable, urgent, viperous, vulnerable, wicked
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Old 07-16-2010, 05:35 PM
 
Location: East Coast
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14th and Pine, huh? How long have you lived here? LOL
Hehehehe...good catch!
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Old 07-17-2010, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Hey,

I just wanted to say that no area is safe in Philadelphia or "Muggadelphia" or "Killadelphia" as I like to call it now. I was in Center City last night in the Washington Square West area and in front of the bar Uncles which I was passing by a guy came up to me and demanded money after I refused he grabbed my arm and was agressive and then punched me and got the cash. He was "nice" enough to throw the wallet back at me and have my license and debit card but lost my health insurance and AAA card but I can replace them.
I went down to the police station and heard other victims stories which was devastating. I have no respect for this city anymore. I can't wait to graduate and leave this crap-hole of a city and the Delaware Valley as a whole. If anyone is thinking about moving here: DON'T EVER MOVE HERE-not even center city. Any educated person would think twice and avoid this city. As much as I wanted to like this city, it never liked me back. Most of the suburbs are ok as far as crime but stay out of Philadelphia county. I just want to deter future residents from making a bad decision even if I get negative comments, I don't care.
Just be safe.
hmmmm I'm so sorry about what happened to you. I'm glad you are ok though. Thanks for posting this. I'm looking for a place to relocate and Philly is on my list. I will make sure to take this into consideration.

Take care.
-Winter
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Old 07-17-2010, 10:29 PM
 
Location: SE Florida
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I am a former resident and Philly lover. I wouldn't go there nowadays unless I carry my gun.

It is because of the rants and dislikes of many Philadelphians that get robbed or get acousted in so called "safe areas" that I applied for a concealed weapons permit. I do carry and if someone robbed me they can have the dough but be aware there are many who carry and would never put up with getting robbed.

Most places in Philly are good at night but please be aware that everyone is not as good as they appear to be. A woman should not walk alone at night on most streets in Philly...

...
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Old 07-17-2010, 11:39 PM
 
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I just got home from another night out in the city and did not get mugged. That's 3,000 plus nights in areas ranging from 50th and Baltimore to 17th and Wolf to Girard and Oxford. What am I doing wrong? I'm a little guy too. A real baby faced 150 lb kid. What's the deal? Is this Muggadelphia or not?
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