Originally Posted by anteatertoo
I just put down a deposit on an apt on S Raleigh St in Martinsburg. Moving up from FL in 3 weeks. The apt was really nice and clean, but the neighborhood looked a little iffy. Have i made a horrible mistake????
I just spent a week in Martinsburg and actually looked at a Victorian home for sale on S. Raleigh street. The biggest concern I had about the area was all the weeds growing out of the cracks in the sidewalks in front of the homes/apartments.
On two separate nights, I walked all over the downtown area at between 10:00pm and 1:30am, and was never once felt uncomfortable or worried. Keep in mind though I'm 5'11 220 and can bench press 430lbs and squat in the 5 plate range. Also keep in mind I'm also an outsider. But seriously... never once did I feel marked, watched, under surveillance or followed.
I even drove into the notorious '' Capitol Heights '' section of Martinsburg several times late at night after some of the locals referred to it as '' DC lite '' - I laughed my butt off afterwords thinking about such a comparison.
I will tell you and the folks on the boards that I did have about a ten minute conversation with two members of the Martinsburg PD one night downtown --- And they told me the worst place was '' Race Street '' and only that there's a lot of drug dealing going on there....and not that its an area where hold-ups and muggings occur.
I think you'll be fine...