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Old 06-09-2009, 01:52 AM
 
Location: Tempe, AZ
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Hello, I was wondering about the area around Arizona Mills in Tempe - W Baseline and I-10. I'm getting ready to move around there to a location which was picked by the boyfriend. Other than the mall, is it mostly residential? Commercial? Mixed? Any "bad" stuff I need to keep an eye out for? Other than the mall, is there anything else interesting in that general area? Thanks!
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Old 06-09-2009, 05:38 AM
 
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It's pretty commercial in that immediate area. I don't know what location was picked by the boyfriend, but the residential areas closest would be in Tempe north of there, on the other side of the US 60 freeway, to the west on the other side of I-10 from the mall (which would be in Phoenix) and in Tempe further to the east on Baseline. The town of Guadalupe is nearby to the south, it's a lower income area, but it doesn't create a major crime problem in the surrounding area as far as I know.

It's not a particularly interesting area, (but nothing is very far away thanks to the freeway access in multiple directions). The Rustler's Rooste restaurant at the Arizona Grand Resort to the west across I-10 has great views of the Valley from the top of the hill where it is located. The mall itself is quite the hangout spot, with the movie theaters and GameWorks, etc.... I don't go there often, but when I do I feel like I am too old to be there.
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Old 06-09-2009, 10:50 AM
 
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This is what I would consider a "bad" area, although I think it depends on where you are coming from. Is it horrible? No. Would I live there? No! Most of the gentrified ladies in my suburb are not "allowed" to go to Arizona Mills after dark per their husbands (I'm brave...and from LA, so it doesn't scare me!). But if you are looking for a nice area, this is not it. The mall attracts a very low-end clientele and you kind of find the worst of the East Valley there (and beyond). I can say this with impunity because I have a part time retail job and I have covered a few shifts at this mall when someone was needed in a pinch. They have a TON of shoplifting, employees have been mugged, there's a lot of petty crime in the vicinity of the mall. Again, it's not a war zone or anything...but of all the areas I could choose from in the East Valley, hands down the area around Arizona Mills would be my last, LAST choice.

Aside from that, I do shop there and I don't feel endangered particularly. It's a sharp contrast with, say, Chandler mall or San Tan Village...but it's not Iraq. I'm not sure what your budget constraints are- but if you can afford to pay a bit more and live elsewhere, I would. There are many better areas in the vicinity that have more to offer. Good luck!
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Old 06-09-2009, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Phoenix
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You'll be fine.
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Old 06-09-2009, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Tempe
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This is what I would consider a "bad" area, although I think it depends on where you are coming from. Is it horrible? No. Would I live there? No! Most of the gentrified ladies in my suburb are not "allowed" to go to Arizona Mills after dark per their husbands (I'm brave...and from LA, so it doesn't scare me!). But if you are looking for a nice area, this is not it. The mall attracts a very low-end clientele and you kind of find the worst of the East Valley there (and beyond). I can say this with impunity because I have a part time retail job and I have covered a few shifts at this mall when someone was needed in a pinch. They have a TON of shoplifting, employees have been mugged, there's a lot of petty crime in the vicinity of the mall. Again, it's not a war zone or anything...but of all the areas I could choose from in the East Valley, hands down the area around Arizona Mills would be my last, LAST choice.

Aside from that, I do shop there and I don't feel endangered particularly. It's a sharp contrast with, say, Chandler mall or San Tan Village...but it's not Iraq. I'm not sure what your budget constraints are- but if you can afford to pay a bit more and live elsewhere, I would. There are many better areas in the vicinity that have more to offer. Good luck!
WTF are you talking about I live right next to the Mills @ US60/Hardy and nothing has ever happened to me. We walk or dogs when its dark go down the canal btwn Hardy and Priest and my girlfriend walks around @ nice never been raped or mugged.

To the OP stay east of 1-10 and you will be fine. West of I-10 is the beginning of South Phoenix and yuo proabably don't want to live there.
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Old 06-09-2009, 12:14 PM
 
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What is your impression of Arizona Mills mall? Some people think it's run down and unsafe ie "ghetto"
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Old 06-09-2009, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Tempe
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What is your impression of Arizona Mills mall? Some people think it's run down and unsafe ie "ghetto"
Most people call it ghetto because of all the mexicans from the Guad, but my g/f goes there all the time never had a problem. We have been going there since it opened back in 97 never an issue. The theater is nice and it has an Imax. Just remember it was built and an outlet type mall.
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Old 06-09-2009, 12:26 PM
 
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WTF are you talking about I live right next to the Mills @ US60/Hardy and nothing has ever happened to me. We walk or dogs when its dark go down the canal btwn Hardy and Priest and my girlfriend walks around @ nice never been raped or mugged.

To the OP stay east of 1-10 and you will be fine. West of I-10 is the beginning of South Phoenix and yuo proabably don't want to live there.
Okay. I made it all up. Busted! Please move to the area around Arizona Mills because you will totally love it- it's gorgeous. I said what I said earlier because I'm really jealous that I can't afford to live in such a safe and clean and gosh, downright beautiful little slice of heaven. I should have worked harder in school.

Thanks for correcting me. I should never have said that.
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Old 06-09-2009, 12:34 PM
 
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Most people call it ghetto because of all the mexicans from the Guad, but my g/f goes there all the time never had a problem. We have been going there since it opened back in 97 never an issue. The theater is nice and it has an Imax. Just remember it was built and an outlet type mall.
Whenever I've been there, it's been fine. However, I stopped watching movies there because people answer their cell phones during a movie and there is nothing you can do about it because the people who are answering their phones are pretty rough looking people. It's a regular occurence there. It's kind of sad because that theatre was THE premier theatre in the state when it first opened and I remember seeing the Matrix and Star Wars Episode II opening day there and it was just a fun experience. But in regards to shopping, it was always fine. I haven't been there in a year but people say it's ghetto and really scary. I have a difficult time believing that. Good to know
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Old 06-09-2009, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Tempe, AZ
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Sounds good - I'm not looking to live in some posh, uptight neighborhood, so I think this will be a good fit for us.
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