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Old 10-11-2012, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Bowie, MD
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Default Is Richmond still as scary as it was 5 years ago?

Just curious. I remember hearing about some AC Transit driver being shot in broad daylight back then. Is Richmond 'gentrifying' as the kids say?
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Old 10-11-2012, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Newark, Ca
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Just curious. I remember hearing about some AC Transit driver being shot in broad daylight back then. Is Richmond 'gentrifying' as the kids say?

I'm not sure about gentrifying. It does seem to be quieter these days though. There used to be homicides on the news all the time, and lately it's Oakland getting all the attention. Maybe somebody on this board has personal experience about the crime situation.
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Old 10-11-2012, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, CA
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No. Especially the Iron Triangle. I've looked at Richmond as an investment numerous times from 2000 to now, and the associated crime always makes it a no-go for me.
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Old 10-11-2012, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
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Well, Richmond like Oakland, has many nice areas that are fine now just as they were in 2000.

Furthermore, Richmond's downtown and older industrial area is not a magnet for yuppies and artists like Oakland's core has become, but it is safer overall than it was in years past.

Don't let the hysteria fool you and check it out for yourself.
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Old 10-11-2012, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, CA
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The only city in California that has a higher violent crime rate than Richmond is Oakland:
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So I'm not sure when talking about Safety, Oakland is a great comparison.

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Old 10-11-2012, 08:54 PM
 
Location: Ohio; originally Oakland, CA
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Uhm, anyway I think Richmond will always have two strikes against it: geographic isolation and the Chevron refinery. Even during the most extreme Bay Area housing bubbles, everything but the Hills, Marina and Annex has stayed pretty rough. Unless you're an artist seeking a warehouse space minus the yuppified "loft" lifestyle, or an urban pioneer without kids who lives under the radar, it's really not worth it.
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, CA
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Like I said, I've been looking at Richmond since 2000, and in over a decade, the crime and distance from the city has made it a bad investment. Vallejo is better I dare say, and it's ACROSS the Carquinez.
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:41 PM
 
Location: South Korea
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Some of the bayside and hill parts of Richmond are perfectly fine especially considering how affordable they can be. As with Oakland, just because you're in the Richmond city limits doesn't mean you're going to get shot.
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:14 PM
 
Location: AK, CA, FL, WA, AUS
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2007: 47 murders - 31 rapes - 492 robberies

2008: 27 murders - 37 rapes - 523 robberies

2009: 47 murders - 44 rapes - 407 robberies

2010: 21 murders - 44 rapes - 405 robberies
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Old 10-12-2012, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Bowie, MD
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Well, Richmond like Oakland, has many nice areas that are fine now just as they were in 2000.

Furthermore, Richmond's downtown and older industrial area is not a magnet for yuppies and artists like Oakland's core has become, but it is safer overall than it was in years past.

Don't let the hysteria fool you and check it out for yourself.
I just remember that when I lived in Piedmont and was on the dating scene. I'd hear about some great rib shop in Richmond and suggest going to it. You'd think that I asked them to spend the night with Hitler. :/ Could never really get people to agree to go there, so maybe you're right, it is just hysteria.
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