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Old 02-09-2010, 08:41 AM
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Hey everyone and my first post!

I found a property on Rankin St. that I am strongly considering and I am wondering if any of you are familiar with the street. I've been reading threads regarding the O4W and there seems to be many mixed opinions about the area. I drove by a few times and it looks like many urban professionals are starting to move on or around Rankin. Of course, I'm not sure if that's an accurate indicator regarding safety etc.

My main concern is that Rankin Street is near Boulevard (Atlanta Medical Center), which from what I've read, is not exactly an ideal place to be. I hear it's being revitalized, but what's the progress so far?

I have also checked the crime map and nothing of too much concern shows up (not sure how accurate it is since most crimes probably go unreported).

Any insight would be appreciated.

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Old 02-09-2010, 09:42 AM
Location: The Greatest city on Earth: City of Atlanta Proper
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I had a friend who used to live in a condo not to far from there. It's definitely an area in transition, but he loved living there. You will just have to be mindful of the usual urban problems like car break-ins and the such, but from what I understand there no serious gang problems.

There are also two big positives. That area is directly on the Beltline and will probably have direct train service in the next few years AND is just right around the corner from Two Urban Licks
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Old 02-09-2010, 09:44 AM
Location: The Greatest city on Earth: City of Atlanta Proper
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Oh, I also forgot that the area is only three blocks from the currently being build Old Fourth Ward Park

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Old 02-09-2010, 05:25 PM
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Well, fortunately this place has a garage! From the looks of it, the neighbors seem to be alright and the area is considered pretty hot property now according to my realtor. Does anyone have experience or knowledge of what to look out for on Boulevard? Is it really as bad some people say or is just an over-exaggeration?

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Old 02-09-2010, 10:58 PM
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I think it is an over-exaggeration. I have never had any problems over there and had an old friend who lived near the Atlanta Medical Center for 3 years and never had any problems. I also went to AMC for all my OB appts and never had a problem either with my car being messed with or anything. I went there specifically because it is in a residential neighborhood and I could park on the street as I refuse to pay parking lots money, but that's another subject.

Really I think a lot of areas that get a bad rap on this forum are over-exaggerated as horrible but that is just my opinion since I've never been a victim of any crime in Atlanta in the past 12 years that I've lived here.
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Old 02-10-2010, 07:04 AM
Location: Midtown, Atlanta
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Creative Loafing ran a great piece about Boulevard a little while ago you should definitely read - Down on Boulevard: Positive change might finally come to Atlanta’s lawless street | Atlanta | News & Views | News Feature. Boulevard is one of the largest open air drug markets in the city. Every building with green doors is owned by an out of state slumlord. With that said, if the slumlord ever decides to sell/redevelop, this will be one of the best locations in the city. It's the best link between Midtown and Grant Park. It all hinges on what happens with the slumlord.
Btw, the comments section of that article has some real gems. I'm not saying everyone has these experiences, but a lot of the posters wrote similarly negative things:

Posted by PrincessAngelica on 05.21.09 @ 05:18 PM
I live on Angier Ave between Glen Iris & Boulevard. That strip of Boulevard is a nightmare. I understand you put yourself at a certain amount of risk when choosing to live in a city. You are not completely safe anywhere. This area, however is much worse than many.
Here are some of the adventures I've had since moving here from Inman Park 3 years ago: My neighbor was car-jacked at gun point, my roommates car was stolen, my neighbors car was stolen, some one stole a Buddah statue off of my front porch (nice move), several cars parked on our street have been privy to hit and runs. I've seen 2 stolen trucks ditched here, after they hit street parked cars. A month ago someone drove down our street shooting a gun. Last week I stopped at the BP next to Atlanta Medical center. While my fiance was in the store a drug dealer used my headlights to to show off his product to his customer, right in front of me. Quite often if you are trying to turn on to Boulevard from our street you have to wait for the white t's to finish selling to the people in the car in front of you before you can go. Also the traffic light at that intersection goes out EVERY SINGLE WEEKEND.

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