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Old 04-27-2011, 01:46 PM
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Hello All,

I am a 27 year-old professional about to move down to Tampa. I have looked around quite a bit and really liked the Ybor City area. I will be working from home quite a bit, so the close proximity to coffee shops, restaurants and bars is a definite attraction. I found a complex right at 19th and Palm Ave (The Quarter at Ybor).

I was pumped about Ybor until I got wind of the crime, safety and danger concerns of the area. I like to have a good time and part of the benefit of living in such close proximity would be to walk home after a fun night. I probably wouldn't be in the clubs, but rather hitting bars like Gasper's Grotto and the like.

What I would like to know is would I feel safe walking home the 3 blocks by myself or with my lady friend after a fun night? Or would I be more apt to put myself in a cab for door-to-door service? I have tried to dig up general crime statistics, but nothing seems clear cut. Any help in providing some additional perspective on the area would be greatly appreciated!

PS> I have checked out the South Tampa area too and like that, but feel it would be hard to come by a place with a washer/dryer at a reasonable price and within walking distance of things to do.
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Old 04-27-2011, 01:58 PM
Location: Tampa Bay
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Don't listen to that crap my friend. Historic Ybor is very safe and any crime is all from related fights et. al after the clubs close. I go to school there and I virtually never hear sirens and I've never seen anything out of line go down. Historic Ybor's boundaries are: I4, 22nd street, Nuccio Parkway, and Adamo. The worst you'll get is an occasional panhandler but they're just a minor annoyance. Really I'm 160 on a rainy day and am obviously a college student, walking around after my night classes and no one hassles me.

The Quarter is a nice complex but there's also nice places south of Seventh if you haven't looked there.
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Old 04-27-2011, 02:19 PM
Location: Tampa Bay Area
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Channelside has a lot of apartments too, can walk to Ybor or take the trolley.
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Old 04-27-2011, 05:44 PM
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You'll be fine, crime there is not that bad.

If you live in far-flung suburban areas, and never come in to Tampa except to see a Lightning game or whatever, and you see some homeless guy standing on a corner in Ybor on the ONE time a year you get there, then it might seem bad...but really, there is nothing really bad about Ybor. If I was a single 27 year old guy, I'd consider living there. The core area of Ybor, where you're referring to, is especially ok.

I wouldn't walk around flashing 100 dollar bills, or be a hot single girl dressed slutty and walking alone at 4 am, but if you have even the vaguest of common sense, you're more than safe to live in Ybor.
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Old 04-28-2011, 10:21 AM
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Thanks for all the help! I had a feeling that the whole crime thing was blown out of proportion. I'm moving to Ybor and will report back in a few months to give some extra perspective on living in the area.
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Old 04-28-2011, 04:31 PM
Location: Tampa, FL
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If buying consider that Ybor is not the place to raise a family. And you will have a hard time selling, as the supply of 20 somethings that have the money to buy homes is small and shrinking.
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